A FLAT first half proved costly to the Wanderers in their game against the Meteors last Saturday at Kalka Shades. It took a sharply improved second half performance to secure the draw, 2-all.
It was the last game of the regular season in the CQ Women's hockey league and despite the result, Wanderers finished on top of the league and will play third-placed Park Avenue Brothers in the first semi-final in Gladstone on Saturday.
Wanderers' coach Scott Deeth believes his team's big effort the week before the Meteors match to defeat Southern Suburbs 4-0 to claim the 2015 Dunlop Trophy took it out of his team. He said they were unable to replicate the same level of intensity and cohesion against the Meteors.
"We were flat and found it hard to back up from the Dunlop Trophy the weekend before," Deeth said.
"I don't think we could have played any better than what we did in that trophy match.
"To try and repeat that, a week later, well we just couldn't do it.
"We had a few out injured as well.
"Minka Elliot was unwell and still played. Even though she was sick, she really stepped up and controlled the midfield for us.
"There is no doubt the first half effort let us down. We didn't gel or click as a team and I thought we were lucky just to be one goal down at half-time.
"But we turned that around with a much stronger second half effort. We won that 2-1, so we at least came away with the draw."
Another to shine for the Wanderers was Shannon Bosworth, the coach praising the half back's cover defence as "excellent."