Carisbrook has earned itself a ticket straight into preliminary finals with a 25-goal thwarting of old foes Trentham during qualifying finals at the weekend.
With last year’s grand final defeat to the Saints tucked in the back of their mind, the Redbacks took to the Hedges Oval court with a mission to bypass semi finals and make a serious statement by getting one over the reigning premiers.
Brook had established an eight- goal lead by the end of the first quarter and managed to build it to an impressive 18 goals by half time.
Something had to change for the Saints in the second half if they wished to reel the deficit in at all and a dramatic switch saw defender Peggy De Spirt stick on the centre bib, replacing Jasmine Coleman.
De Spirt was tasked with controlling last season’s Nalder- Tracey medallist, Laura Hurse, while Kelly Matheson-Miller went to work under Carisbrook’s ring.
Brook’s scoring was slowed by this change, but Trentham didn’t provide the attack needed to claw back the deficit.
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