Down to the wire: Hockey finals tonight and tomorrow
HOCKEY: Premiership medals will be up for grabs tonight and tomorrow with five grand finals spread across both days.
Action hits off at 6.30pm and 7.50pm respectively with a Souths Magpies versus Sparks women and men double-header respectively.
Sparks women's captain Stacy Black hopes to right the wrongs from the second semi-final in which her team left its run too late.
"It will be a very tough battle between two great teams who have a number of skilled players and both teams will play strong from the start, wanting to win the grand final," she said.
Sparks thrashed Crocs last week and that run of momentum all started a week earlier according to Black.
"Our turning point was the semi-final game when Souths dominated for the first 15-20 minutes," she added.
"We just weren't prepared at the start of the game but came out strong second half which was too late.
"As Tracie McCarthy- Boyle stated last week in the Observer, 'losing is not an option'."
Magpies' player-coach Lisa Grady hopes her team can replicate its second semi-final.
"Sparks finished as minor premiers and we put in a determine performance to beat them," Grady said.
"It's going to be a tough game ... we have a good mix of youth and experience and we have a very talented young goal-keeper, Rachel Groves, who will also play in the A-grade."
The Sparks A2 men will be keen to hit the ground running after their 6-4 win against Meteors last weekend.
And coach Scott Macklyn said it's a matter of tactics against Souths.
"Souths like to play high forwards, so if we can shut them down, we can take advantage," he said.
Macklyn added two of his players who can be X-factors.
"Cameron Hay and Alex Jeynes because both strong players when they are at their best," he said.
"Cameron had a strong semi last week and hopefully he can replicate that."
Souths A1 coach Kristen Wyllie said the club has been building and the rewards could come by 3.30pm tomorrow after the team takes on a freshened Meteors.
"This has been two years in the making for us. Last year we had a majority of new players and we had to use the year to get to know how each other played and find ourselves as a team."
Sparks and Meteors meet in the A1 men's decider from 5pm tomorrow and Meteors' gun Jordyn Wilson said the team is primed.
"After one game in six weeks, the team is itching to play and am looking for captain Craig Gultzow to lead the way, with young Tom Smith to maintain his excellent form in the midfield," Wilson said.
"We'll be looking to start the game a lot better than we have for the majority of the season, something we have discussed as a team."
Sparks will be boosted with the returns of Australian representative players Josh Baxter, Joel Helmstead and Ronan Mcguire.
Playing-coach Harley Jeynes said the trio will be X-factors, but said there are others. "Also our workhorses through the middle: Brendan Scanlan, Matty Adamson and Dave Heymer," Jeynes said.
It's a big Saturday for A3 women's teams Meteors and Yaralla Reds from 2pm.
Reds' veteran Sarah Wheatley said team unity is its strength. "We don't have any other women's divisions to pull players from to help out and we have relied on the same team each game," she said.
"We gel well together."
Meteors' mentor Mason Brodie said captain Alissa Jetson in defence and centre Georgia Glindon were key.
"Our strong defence and to see our new players and older ones that have come back improve as the season went on," Brodie said of Meteors' strengths.
Where: Rigby Park
A2W: Souths v Sparks 6.30pm
A2M: Souths v Sparks 7.50pm
A3W: Meteors v Yaralla 2pm
A1W: Souths v Meteors 3.30pm
A1M: Sparks v Meteors 5pm