Sparks women still a chance for CQHL semi-finals
Hockey: It was a game of missed opportunities for Sparks A1 women losing to Wanderers 3-1 in the Central Queensland Hockey League match.
Wanderers opened up the score 20 minutes into the first half with a converted penalty corner to Shyreal Saunders.
Then speedster Cassidy Knuth 10 minutes later made a breakaway to take the lead for Wanderers to 2-0.
In the second half Sparks came out strong and were rewarded for its tenacious attack with Tarryn Job slotting a goal to keep in reach of Wanderers.
The Sparks midfield started to press up and take the game to the Wanderers defence aiming to crack it for another goal.
Midfielder Maddy Randazzo was burning for speed working the sideline getting around the Wanderers but not able to convert the opportunities.
Sparks captain Meghan Jeynes led from the front injecting herself several times into the attack to try to break the Wanderers' defence.
It was a Wanderers penalty corner conversion to Kim Reibel that put the game beyond and gained a handy lead.
Wanderers captain Demi Chellingsworth said the team had a better first half than second half.
"Our defence was solid and our midfield transferred well from defending to attacking them," Chellingsworth said.
Sparks men had a 4-1 loss to Frenchville Rovers with Matt Adamson scoring the only goal - in the second half.
Frenchville Rovers kept its semi finals hopes alive looking to secure fourth place with one round of fixtures remaining.
Coach Lisa Morgan was happy with the result but saw there was still more improvement to be worked on.
"Little bit happy with the result especially in the second half and we were pressing man to man," Morgan said. "We are working on different styles to fit the team for ... semi finals."
Stand-out players for Frenchvillewere Brodie Bunn and Jarrod Bass while Sparks's Justin Brown filling in as goalkeeper had a blinder of a game.