'Checks' have eyes on title

'Checks' have eyes on title

They've been the top dogs all year and by the halfway point hadn't dropped a game but in a clear warning to their rivals, Old Canberrans women's captain Catriona Bailey-Price says their best is yet to come.

Old Canberrans are oozing confidence as they head into Sunday's preliminary final against ANU, whom they beat in last year's grand final.

''We were undefeated for a while which is pretty impressive but we weren't playing our best and we were still winning so I think that we could take something out of that,'' Bailey-Price said.

The team nicknamed the ''Checks'' is aiming for back-to-back championships after claiming its first ever women's title last year.

Bailey-Price says it has the strike-power across the park to trouble ANU.

''Our midfield's quite strong, I think that often teams try to avoid that area but to be honest I think that we are very strong across the park,'' Bailey-Price said.


ANU is looking to exact some revenge for its extra-time loss in last year's decider. It has been nipping at Old Canberrans' heels in recent seasons and is confident that it has the game plan to cause an upset.

''I think we've got a very solid defensive line so I don't think it's going to be easy for them to get through,'' coach Brent Clarke said.

''Of course you always want revenge but I think this is more about concentrating on making the final.''

In the men's final on Saturday, Old Canberrans will take on the Central Hockey Club. The Central side will be led out by captain and ACT Lakers player Matthew Hotchkis who along with his brother Daniel have scored almost half of the club's goals for the season.

Old Canberrans coach Peter Morgan says his team will need to shut down the Hotchkis brothers if they want to advance through to the final.

''Central have got a couple of very dangerous forwards, especially Matt and Dan Hotchkis, and we'll have to be conscious of keeping them under control as much as possible'' Morgan said.

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