Captain coach Sam Hill.

THE Lithgow Zig Zag Women’s hockey teamfaces one of their biggest games to date whenthey travel to Bathurst to play in the WesternPremier League preliminary final.

They will be up against the strong BathurstSouths combination and will be looking toreproduce the sort of form that saw them knockover third placed Bathurst City last week.

A win will see them produce their best resultsfor a season since joining the premier league anumber of years ago.

Sam Hill said: “It is good that we have madethe semi finals, but it is just starting.

“We are not here to make up the numbersand are keen to go as far as we can in the playoffs.

“We have a good side with our younger girlsnow having plenty of experience and we will begiving it our best crack.”

The game will get underway at 3.20pm whilethe other semi final will see Parkes United upagainst Bathurst City.

Minor premiers Lithgow Panthers who wentthrough the season undefeated will have theweek off and wait to see who they will play in themajor semi.

It has been a good effort by Zig Zag who losttheir coach mid season, but battled on with captaincoach Sam Hill taking over the positionwith the help of assistants Jana Winnard andDana Pottinger.

Managing the side is Tracey Dewar, assistedby Jim Wilkins.

The side that defeated Bathurst City 4-3 lastweek will be further strengthened by the returnof Country NSW players Clare Bosman andShannon Legge.

The full Zig Zag squad will be: goalie KimNorthey, Amy Dewar, Clare Bosman, EmilyWilliams, Jess Harris, Tegan Walsh, KatieWilkins, Kate Young< Keely Hunter, LilyPottinger, Millie Leard, Ngaire Unsworth, SamHill, Shannon Legge, Tracey Baker and NatalieMcCarten.

Two of the big pluses for the Ziggies side thisyear is the return of Kate Young who has beenaway from Lithgow for a couple of years and herstrong defence has been invaluable.

The other plus is Keely Hunter who debutedwith the club this year. Keely is one of the bestplayers in premier league and her work both onthe field and off helping out the coaches at thebreak has been great.

Zig Zag boast a number of talented playersthat boast representative honours at the highestlevel, namely Millie Leard, Clare Bosman,Shannon Legge, Emily Williams, Keely Hunter,Natalie McCarten, Katie Wilkins and LilliePottinger who have all played big matches fortheir respective representative teams.

They also have a lot of experienced playersthat steady the ship and keep the team goingforward – they are Jess Harris, Ngaire Unsworth,Tracey Baker and Sam Hill and at the back theyhave arguably one of the best goalkeepers inpremier league Kim Northey.

It is a long way off, but local fans would loveto see an all Lithgow grand final and if both thePanthers and Ziggies play to their full potential,it could be a reality.

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