STICKING IT: All Blacks player Katie Steemson in the match against Raiders at Hinkler Park.
STICKING IT: All Blacks player Katie Steemson in the match against Raiders at Hinkler Park. Mike Knott BUN280816HOCKEY1

Raiders' finals hopes fade to All Blacks

ALL Blacks can see the light at the end of the tunnel, after a tough season for the club.

On Saturday their women's team defeated Raiders 5-0 to make the preliminary final of the local competition.

Controlling the game throughout, the team was able to stop every chance the Raiders had at them to keep them scoreless.

The team now joins the men's team, which is also in the preliminary final this week.

President Des Barritt said it was good both teams were doing well.

"It's been a rebuilding year with plenty of changes in personal,” Barritt said.

"The girls have been putting it together really well over the past few weeks and it showed on Saturday,” he said.

They will now face Arrows this week after they lost to Cities 4-0 in the qualifying final.

Barritt said they have every chance of making the grand final.

"If they play to their potential then Arrows can be beaten,” he said.

"Confidence is growing in the side on and off the field.”

In the men's competition it was a great weekend for Cities, who beat Rovers 6-2 to progress to the grand final.

In a dominant second half the team scored four goals to get into the decider in a fortnight.

They'll face the winner of Rovers and All Blacks, who battle each other this week.

Player-coach Brodie Latham said the win was a great confidence boost after a loss to Wallaroos.

"The boys confidence was lacking a little bit after last week,” Latham said.

"It was good to see the team respond well with a strong performance.”

Latham told the NewsMail that Cities players wanted to win both titles.

"We have two training sessions left before the grand final,” he said.

"I don't see why we can't win both and that is what the teams will be aiming at.”



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