Hope for the future -a premiership victory

MISSING IN ACTION: Ex-Services will miss Rachel Pengilly’s talents in 2015, Pengilly is moving away for university.DESPITE missing the 2014 women’s Premier League Hockey finals Ex-Services have one simple goal ahead of the 2015 season.

“It’s always our aim to at least make the semi-finals, but this year we want the premiership,” Ex-Services star, and NSW over 40s representative Mel Hope said.

Ex-Services finished seventh last year 16 points adrift of fifth place, but if you ask Hope, the numbers don’t tell the full story of her side’s frustrating 2014 season.

“We have a point to prove this year, we didn’t finish last year the way we wanted to,” Hope fired.

“We are a solid unit, and we work so well together it just didn’t come off a lot of the time.”

Hope said her side struggled to finish plays in 2014, leaving chances behind and ultimately costing themselves several points. Ex-Services lost five games by one goal in 2014, and drew three more thanks to missed opportunities.

“A lot of games in 2014 could easily have gone our way,” she explained.

“Our general field play overall was of an exceptional standard, we just struggled finding the back of the net.

“So I guess the focus in 2015 is finishing the play.”

Ex-Services will have to complete their title bid without stars Ali Baker, who has decided to step down from Premier League Hockey, and Rachel Pengilly, who is moving away for university.

However, speedster Kate Butcherine is set to make her return from knee surgery, dramatically boosting Ex-Services’ pace and nous through the middle of the field.

“Other than that everyone is back on board,” Hope said.

“Mitch Kennewell and Darryn Majoram are coaching again, and we’ll vote for our captain when we start training soon.

“But I think we’re all really excited to see Kate back, and working with her sister Haley.”

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