Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

HANCOCKS FOCUS ON VERSATILE APPROACH; Combined Competition Helps Sharpen Tactics for Ipswich Title Bid

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

HANCOCKS FOCUS ON VERSATILE APPROACH; Combined Competition Helps Sharpen Tactics for Ipswich Title Bid

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

State of play

A-Grade men: Rangeville 7 d Easts 4 (Adrian Cross 4); Wests 2 (Blair Iszlaub, Caleb McCoombes) drew Past High 2; Hancock Brothers 4 (Jackson Willie 2, Kyle Jackson, Ryan Smith) drew Norths Toowoomba 4.

A-Grade women: Rangeville 4 d Swifts 0; Wests 6 (Amy Kickbusch 3, Gabbi Nicholls 2, Eden Jackat) d Past High 4, Hancock Brothers 8 (Layla Eleison 3, Robyn Clark 3, Sara Rogers, Natalie Davison) d Norths Toowoomba 2.

Full results review in sport notes.

IMPROVED versatility is the catchcry as Hancocks take advantage of what's on offer in this year's Ipswich-Toowoomba Combined Competition.

Hancocks opened their latest intercity mission with an 8-2 victory over Toowoomba opponents Norths at the Ipswich Hockey Complex on Sunday.

However, it took a well-timed re-evaluation from coach Mark Eleison for Hancocks to show what they can achieve.

Only leading 2-1 at halftime against a youthful Norths side, Hancocks responded strongly in the third quarter before sealing a comfortable A-Grade victory.

"We started slow. The heat played a part to begin with. It was just a still, hot day,'' Eleison said.

But after his team's early disappointing display, Eleison was happy how last year's Ipswich grand final runners-up stepped up.

"To the girls' credit, we had a chat at halftime and put some goals in place and they went out and put four in, in the third quarter, which was good,'' he said.

"In the end, they realised the ability they've got and how they want to play their hockey.

"They went out and they executed, which was good.''

The Hancocks coach was impressed how senior players like Layla Eleison and Kelly McNamara took on different roles, working around experienced captain Sara Rogers.

Despite a head cold, McNamara showcased her talents playing a high striker, in the midfield and fullback.

Queensland representative Eleison scored a hat-trick just weeks after leading the South West Lumberjills to the cusp on a Super League grand final. …

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