Vengeance for last season’s heart-breaking preliminary final loss will be driving women’s Premier League Hockey star Jade Georgiou and her CYMS teammates in season 2019.
The 2018 skipper – who finished up towards the back half of the season due to pregnancy – said the club had managed to retain most of their squad after their 2018 season, their first as a stand-alone club since 2007.
The side is yet to begin preseason training, but Georgiou said the passion is still going strong, Bathurst St Pats star Amy Glenn’s extra-time goal in last year’s preliminary final which sank CYMS’ dream made sure of that.
“I know a lot of us felt a bit ripped off from that semi-final with that contentious goal and we all want to go one better,” Georgiou said.
“I think the girls took a lot of confidence coming out of last year.”
She said the club had lost two players over the off-season, as her sister Ash Warrendar has moved to Cobar for work while Rach Hoey has moved back to Western Australia, but as it stands they’re the only two losses.
“We’re losing a few players to personal reasons who are moving away so we’re wishing them all the best in their chance to do different things,” she said.
“We’ve retained pretty much all our players which is exciting for the club and says a lot about the culture we’ve put together,” Georgiou said.
She said “a few” players had indicated they wanted to play for CYMS in 2019, but Georgiou wouldn’t be drawn on who those players were until they had a commitment firmly locked in.
Pete Shea will be back as coach for the 2019 season, while Bardi Mannix will also continue as team manager.
“It’s great that we’ve got so much off-field support and they’re coming back,” Georgiou said.
Georgiou herself will have an interrupted preseason due to her baby expected in early February, but she’s as keen as anyone to get out onto the court.
“I’ll be hoping to play in the early part of the season but we’ll see how I’m going,” she said. The 2019 Premier League Hockey draw is yet to be released.
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