Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Skipper Sinks Extra-Time Winner

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Skipper Sinks Extra-Time Winner

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Byline: David Lems

AFTER playing in all but two minutes of Sunday night's extra-time thriller, Sara Rogers felt mentally tired.

"Very much so, especially being a semi-final, it was a little bit more intense as well," Rogers said.

"Even the build-up towards the game is draining."

However, the dependable Hancock Brothers captain said the effort was worth it after scoring her team's 87th minute winning goal.

The Australian Country player was in the right spot to net the goal that gave Hancocks a chance of winning back-to-back A-grade premierships.

"I just touched it in," she said, having broken the 1-1 deadlock.

"It was a bit of a scrappy goal but I'll take it."

Rogers' match-sealer was her first winner in extra-time.

"It was a close game. Both teams probably had a lot of opportunities to win," she said.

"It was stronger defence I think. Both teams defended really well."

Norths forced extra time after equalising through Kirsten Ihle.

Aimee McDermott scored Hancocks' first goal, making a timely return from injury.

Hancocks coach Brendan Eleison shared the five-on-five drop-offs anxiety.

"It was one we didn't really need or want," Eleison said.

"It was good to get away with. It wasn't the best game of hockey."

However, Eleison was pleased his team earnt another shot at minor premiers Swifts. The women's grand final is at 4.15pm on Saturday.

"I think it's really deserved," said Eleison who took on the coaching job this season.

"The girls have certainly been working really hard, especially these last six weeks or so.

"They've really gone to another level. Credit to the girls, they kept fighting away and found a way to win with a bit of good pressure."

Eleison believes Hancocks are capable of upstaging Swifts, like they did in last year's memorable grand final. …

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