Griffith Hockey Association grand final weekend

GRAND FINAL TIME: Fiona McKenzie, Louise McGrail, Michael Crosato and Andrew Sinclair will face off in their grand finals this weekend. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo
GRAND FINAL TIME: Fiona McKenzie, Louise McGrail, Michael Crosato and Andrew Sinclair will face off in their grand finals this weekend. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

The business end of the season is here for the Griffith Hockey with grand finals for both men’s and women’s to be played out this weekend at West End.

Galahs will face off with Easts in the men’s division while Vic Hotel will take on Easts in the women’s division.

Easts men will be looking to improve their record after playing in six straight grand finals and have only won one.

Captain Michael Crosato is expecting a tough encounter.

“We finished second overall, but the team we are playing against have probably had the wood over us for most of the season,” he said.

“We were fairly even, but in the last two months, they have beaten us in the remaining three games. It is going to be pretty close.”

Crosato knows what his side will have to be careful of.

“Jamie Piva he is pretty much the top goal scorer and Andrew Sinclair, their captain is pretty good,” he said

“They have some young blokes who run off them.”

Galahs captain Andrew Sinclair has been happy with their season so far having finished first at the end of the regular season and is reasonably confident in his side's ability.

“It will come down to who puts their best foot forward,” he said.

“I think if we stick with our structured play and short game I think we have the ability to win.

“We just have to ensure we are working hard with our one percenters and make good use of the ball.”

The women’s game looks set to be a close encounter as well with the teams having shared a pretty close head-to-head record throughout the season.

Vic Hotel captain Louise McGrail said her side was really excited about the weekend.

“The Vic Hotel hasn’t been in a grand final in a couple of seasons,” she said.

“We are expecting a tough but fun game.

“The games between us this season have been really close so it should be a great game.”

Easts’ Women’s Fiona McKenzie feels Vic Hotel are dangerous all over the field.

“They have a few strong players up front and in defence,” she said.

“They have been a tough side all year, and the last time we played, they were missing a few key players and were still a challenging side.

“We both have all our players available so it should be a great game.

“There is no real rivalry between the two sides it is just a bit of fun, and we are expecting similar on the weekend.”

The day will get underway with the women’s game at 1.30pm with the men’s game to follow at 3pm.