While hockey is no longer played in Maryborough, the town will still be well represented in several finals series around central Victoria this weekend.
The Maryborough Hockey Association’s local competition dissolved several years ago, but one local team lives on in the Hockey Central Victoria’s B grade Women’s competition.
With members aged from early 20s to early 70s, the Maryborough team placed third overall and enjoyed an 8-win, 4-draw and 4-loss 2019 season — which still isn’t over yet.
Maryborough defeated its historic rivals the Bendigo Senjuns 4-1 in preliminary finals last Sunday to see itself into the grand final with an undefeated Sandhurst this weekend.
Maryborough has been playing within the Bendigo competition since 2003 and long time member and player Jill Male said they head in as the “underdogs” this weekend.
“We would be the underdogs but that’s good, we’d certainly rather that,” she said.
“Sandhurst haven’t lost a match all year, they’ve only had one draw and they’ve been winning quite convincingly.
“We didn’t even expect to win on the weekend so to do that was enjoyable in itself.
“It’d be great if we could beat them, especially with our runners up history.”
Maryborough has played off in seven grand finals since entering the competition 16 years ago, but has come off second best on all but two occasions in 2011 and 2012 — the side’s most recent grand final successes.
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