St Pat's 7 ANU 4
Women's hockey grand final: St Pat's v ANU
St Pat's celebrate their win against ANU. Photo: Melissa Adams
Of the 300-plus games Emma Taylor has played for St Pat's, this would go down as one of the craziest.
But after an incredible 11 goals in an action-packed 70 minutes, no one would begrudge the St Pat's captain lifting the premiership trophy aloft for the first time in seven years.
St Pat's came from a goal down to overcome a determined ANU outfit 7-4 in an entertaining grand final at the National Hockey Centre on Sunday.
It was St Pat's first women's Capital League 1 division title since 2006 after they narrowly missed making the decider the past two years.
''It's amazing, we've been trying for a few years to get back in, so to get back in and not necessarily be the favourites and to play awesome in the lead-up has been so fantastic,'' Taylor said.
''We were minor premiers not that long ago, but went out the back door and didn't even make the final. Last year we drew in the semi and got kicked out, that was pretty devastating, so it's nice to get through this year and be really confident and come out firing like we did.''
Taylor brought up her triple century of games for St Pat's earlier this year and is one of the most experienced campaigners in the competition.
It's the 29-year-old's sixth title from nine grand finals. She has now turned her focus to going back to back for number seven after electing to sit out the coming Australian Hockey League campaign for the Canberra Strikers.
''I'm going to have the summer off, I've retired from AHL and indoor, so I'm going to see what happens,'' she said.
''Now I'm really keen because in the finals you get really excited, so I'll probably be back.''
ANU made the early running with the opening goal after just six minutes, only for St Pat's to hit back three straight times to take a 3-1 lead into half-time.
The goal frenzy continued after the break, Jen Rowe scoring in the 37th minute to bring ANU back within one.
But it was all one-way traffic from there.
''There were a few nerves and ANU came out really strong, as we expected they would,'' Taylor said. ''But it was really good to see the girls stay confident, stick to the game plan and get there in the end.''
ST PAT'S 7 (Kelsey Davis 2, Stef Kingdom 2, Laura Gray, Mikayla Evans, Tegan Risk) bt ANU 4 (Jess Roach, Jen Rowe, Harriett Carr, Jenna Cartwright) at the National Hockey Centre on Sunday.