Three finals spots are up for grabs in both the women’s and men’s competitions heading into the second last round of the JDH Hockey One League 2023 Season.
Heading into the penultimate round, every men’s team is in contention to qualify for the Finals Main Event, while there are four teams vying for three places in the women’s league.
NSW Pride Men and Perth Thundersticks Women, who are both undefeated this season, are the only two teams to have secured their place at the Finals Main Event.
Round 6 starts tomorrow night with a genuine double header blockbuster between Canberra Chill and Brisbane Blaze at the National Hockey Centre.
Both Blaze teams, who head into the clash against the Chill off the back of two impressive wins over the Tassie Tigers and HC Melbourne, can cement their finals spot with outright wins in the capital.
For the Chill Women, they can put one foot in the finals door with an outright win and would qualify if the Perth Thundersticks defeat NSW Pride on Sunday.
The Blaze Men will be without the league’s leading scorer, Kookaburra Jacob Anderson, however they regain Burras dynamo Diarmid Chappell.
On Saturday night all eyes will turn to Hobart as the men’s match between the Tassie Tigers and Adelaide Fire has a lot hinging on the result.
Kookaburras midfielder Josh Beltz will play his first match of the season after recovering from a hand injury, joining his brother Hayden in a Tassie Tigers outfit that will qualify for the finals with an outright win.
For Adelaide Fire Men, a win would keep their finals flame flickering for at least another week.
With both Tassie and Adelaide Women still chasing their first win of the season, the women’s match will have no bearing on the makeup of the finals although there is still plenty to play for in avoiding the wooden spoon.
The interest and intrigue continues in Perth on Sunday when the Thundersticks entertain the defending men’s and women’s champions, NSW Pride.
Having wrapped up the minor premiership, Perth Thundersticks can put a dent in the Pride’s finals aspirations with a fifth straight victory. However, NSW Pride Women head west brimming with confidence after putting Tassie to the sword last weekend.
With both NSW Pride and Perth Thundersticks men’s teams stacked with Kookaburras, and both teams entering the match in winning form, it promises to be one of the season’s must watch fixtures.
If the Thundersticks Men can secure an outright win and at least a shootout loss or better in their final two matches, they will play finals. For the Pride Men, they will be shooting to maintain top spot and remain as the only undefeated team.
JDH Hockey One League 2023 Season – Round 6 Fixtures
Canberra Chill v Brisbane Blaze
Friday 10 November 2023
National Hockey Centre
Start Times: Women’s 6:30pm local (6:30pm AEDT), Men’s 8:00pm local (8:00pm AEDT)
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Broadcast: LIVE and free on 7plus #CCHvBBZ #HockeyOne
Umpires: Kristy Robertson and Emily Carroll (Women’s), Tim Sheahan and Steve Rogers (Men’s)
Canberra Chill Women’s team: 1.Mikayla Evans, 2.Katie Mullan, 5.Claudia Johnston, 6.Roisin Upton, 7.Naomi Evans, 8.Sarah Hawkshaw, 11.Tamsin Bunt, 16.Georgie Smithers, 17.Kaitlin Cotter, 18.Olivia Martin, 21.Mikaela Patterson, 23.Kalindi Commerford (c), 24.Sarah White, 25.Lauren Yee, 32.Rene Hunter (gk)
Ins: 5.Claudia Johnston, 32.Rene Hunter (gk)
Outs: 13.Edwina Bone, 31.Sarah Steinhardt (gk)
Brisbane Blaze Women’s team: 1.Savannah Fitzpatrick, 2.Rosie Malone, 3.Kendra Fitzpatrick, 4.Claire Colwill, 5.Morgan Gallagher (c), 6.Hannah Cullum-Sanders, 8.Dayle Dolkens, 9.Casey Dolkens, 10.Madison Fitzpatrick, 11.Morgan Mathison, 12.Tatum Stewart, 14.Stephanie Kershaw, 16.Keeley Walker, 21.Emily Kingston (gk), 23.Ruby Harris
Ins: 8.Dayle Dolkens, 16.Keeley Walker, 21.Emily Kingston (gk), 23.Ruby Harris
Outs: 13.Rebecca Greiner, 15.Jade Reid, 22.Britt Wilkinson, 88.Jordan Bliss (gk)
Canberra Chill Men’s team: 2.Ben Staines, 4.Jaume Torras, 6.Connor Tuddenham, 8.Sean Baker, 10.Owen Chivers, 11.Garry Backhus, 12.Jake Staines, 14.Koby Johnstone, 15.Hayden Dillon (c), 17.Aiden Dooley, 22.Jay Macdonald, 24.Davis Atkin, 26.James Jewel, 27.Max Robson (gk), 33.Rupinder Pal Singh
Ins: 26.James Jewel
Outs: 9.Jamie Hawke
Brisbane Blaze Men’s team: 2.Shane Kenny, 3.Corey Weyer, 5.Lucas Brown, 7.Liam Hart, 10.Cale Cramer, 11.Michael Francis, 12.Jake Whetton (c), 13.David Hubbard, 14.Tyler Gaddes, 16.Tim Howard, 17.Scott Boyde, 19.Luke Randle, 21.Max Harding, 24.Diarmid Chappell, 32.Mitchell Nicholson (gk)
Ins: 14.Tyler Gaddes, 24.Diarmid Chappell
Outs: 9.Jacob Anderson, 23.Daniel Beale
Tassie Tigers v Adelaide Fire
Saturday 11 November 2023
Tasmanian Hockey Centre
Start Times: Men’s 6:30pm local (6:30pm AEDT), Women’s 8:00pm local (8:00pm AEDT)
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Broadcast: LIVE and free on 7plus #TIGvADL #HockeyOne
Umpires: Jayden Pearson and Aaron Kitchener (Men’s), Iris Milham and Aleisha Neumann (Women’s)
Tassie Tigers Men’s team: 4.Hayden Beltz, 5.Ewan Vickery, 6.Josh Brooks, 7.Josh Mardell, 9.Jeremy Edwards, 12.Sam McCulloch, 13.Josh Beltz (c), 14.Jack Welch, 19.Tim Deavin, 20.Ehren Hazell, 25.Max Larkin (gk), 27.Gobindraj Gill, 28.Lachlan Rogers, 30.Alistair White, 32.Jeremy Hayward
Ins: 13.Josh Beltz, 25.Max Larkin (gk), 28.Lachlan Rogers
Outs: 1.Magnus McCausland (gk), 8.Joseph Murphy, 16.Alex Hogan-Jones
Adelaide Fire Men’s team: 1.Kieran Govers, 2.Connor Richmond-Spouse, 3.Lucas Toonen, 4.Jack Holland, 6.Matthew Magann, 7.Peter Scott, 9.Fred Gray (c), 10.Lachlan Arneil, 11.Kyton Rayner, 12.Mitchell Dell, 13.Alastair Oliver, 14.Fraser Heigh, 16.Hugh Snowden, 17.Charl Ulrich, 21.Jed Snowden (gk)
Ins: 3.Lucas Toonen
Outs: 25.Jethro Eustice
Tassie Tigers Women’s team: 1.Sarah McCambridge (c), 2.Jemma Kenworthy, 3.Lucy Millington, 4.Maddison Brooks, 5.Taylor Brooks, 7.Jade Smith, 9.Emily Donovan, 13.Phillida Bridley, 15.Lucy Cooper, 16.Madison Clark, 17.Kathryn Lane, 20.Beth Dobbie, 21.Lauren Canning, 23.Camila Vaughan (gk), 29.Belen D’Esposito
Ins: 2.Jemma Kenworthy, 23.Camila Vaughan (gk)
Outs: 12.Louise Maddock, 25.Evelyn Dalton (gk)
Adelaide Fire Women’s team: 1.Chloe Carter, 2.Brittany Wang, 4.Chloe Holland, 5.Holly Evans-Gill, 6.Euleena Maclachlan (c), 8.Miki Spano, 11.Lucy Sharman, 13.Hattie Shand, 15.Brooke Peris, 17.Katie Sharkey, 18.Anna Crowley, 21.Amy Hammond (gk), 25.Jane Claxton, 26.Linzi Appleyard, 27.Gabriella Mitreska
Ins: 1.Chloe Carter, 4.Chloe Holland, 21.Amy Hammond (gk)
Outs: 3.Sherilyn Cass, 12.Erin Cameron, 22.Zoe Newman (gk)
Perth Thundersticks v NSW Pride
Sunday 12 November 2023
Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin University
Start Times: Men’s 1:30pm local (4:30pm AEDT), Women’s 3:00pm local (6:00pm AEDT)
Tickets: Click here for ticketing details
Broadcast: LIVE and free on 7plus #PTXvNSW #HockeyOne
Umpires: Daniel Johnston and Jordan Moore (Men’s), Michelle Farnill and Nicola Brown (Women’s)
Perth Thundersticks Men’s team: 1.Matthew Bird, 3.Tim Geers, 4.Jake Harvie, 5.Tom Wickham, 6.Bryn De Bes, 9.James Day, 11.Tom Harvie, 13.Brayden King, 14.Matthew Willis, 15.Liam Flynn, 16.Brodee Foster, 17.Aran Zalewski (c), 18.Ben Rennie (gk), 25.Trent Mitton, 26.James Collins
Ins: 16.Brodee Foster, 25.Trent Mitton
Outs: 12.Alistair Murray, 20.Frank Main
NSW Pride Men’s team: 1.Lachlan Sharp, 2.Tom Craig, 5.Ash Thomas (gk), 7.Daine Richards, 8.Nathanael Stewart, 9.Nathan Czinner, 13.Blake Govers, 14.Dylan Martin, 19.Jack Hayes (c), 20.Ky Willott, 22.Flynn Ogilvie, 28.Sam Gray, 29.Tim Brand, 32.Callum Mackay, 34.Thomas Miotto
Ins: 1.Lachlan Sharp, 9.Nathan Czinner, 13.Blake Govers
Outs: 15.Miles Davis, 16.Josh Gregory, 23.Ryan Woolnough
Perth Thundersticks Women’s team: 1.Pippa Morgan, 3.Neasa Flynn, 4.Elyssa Melville, 6.Sarah Byrnes, 7.Penny Squibb, 8.Georgia Wilson, 9.Shanea Tonkin, 10.Jesse Reid, 11.Rachel Frusher (c), 12.Liné Malan, 14.Elizabeth Duguid (gk), 17.Annie Gibbs, 18.Renee Rockliff, 19.Georgina Dowd, 20.Karri Somerville
Ins: 3.Neasa Flynn
Outs: 13.Lexie Pickering
NSW Pride Women’s team: 1.Alice Arnott, 3.Jocelyn Bartram (gk), 7.Laura Reid, 8.Greta Hayes, 11.Estelle Hughes, 14.Makayla Jones, 15.Hannah Kable, 16.Alana Kavanagh, 20.Kaitlin Nobbs, 24.Maddison Smith, 26.Grace Stewart, 27.Kendelle Tait, 30.Mariah Williams (c), 31.Abby Wilson, 32.Grace Young
Ins: 15.Hannah Kable
Outs: 13.Sarah Johnston
HC Melbourne – BYE