Arrows are going in right direction
HOCKEY: Arrows insist last year's grand final loss is not on its mind as the sides prepares to play All Blacks today.
The sides will face off in the women's grand final at Hinkler Park after finishing the season first and second in the competition.
Arrows come into this year's grand final on the back of losing last year's decider to Cities in extra time.
Coach Paul Green said the last year's result hadn't affected his players.
"I wouldn't think so,” he said.
"It's a different side to last year and the ladies are focused on this week.”
One of the focuses for the team have been which All Blacks side will turn up.
The side won the minor premiership, lost to Arrows in the first week of the finals, before limping into the decider with a 3-3 draw against Raiders last week.
"I did watch it and it was quite close,” Green said.
"They were lucky in the end.”
Green wants the side to concentrate on its own game.
"We're going to do nothing too outrageous,” he said.
"They are strong in the midfield and want to control the ball.
"For us it is all about taking the control of the ball and reducing their chances to score.”
All Blacks coach Tony Neller said nothing separated the two sides and it would be a close final.
"The team that handles the pressure will be the winner,” he said.
"We've limped to the final no doubt but I'm confident we should have every player available.
"Hopefully everything comes together on the day.
"We wanted to win the minor premiership, get to the grand final and win the premiership.
"We have one to go after achieving the first two.”
Today's final to be held at Hinkler Park starts at 4pm with extra time to be played if scores are level at the end of 70 minutes.