Rovers, Blacks after the edge

TOMORROW’S Rovers versus All Blacks clash shapes as the match of the round, with both sides showing form at the right time of the season.

Hockey has been in the headlines like never before on the back of the Kookaburras' dominance in Germany's Champions Trophy.

It should provide the perfect inspiration for Bundaberg's up-and-comers to keep pursuing the sport and pushing for higher honours.

All Blacks, in particular, have come on in leaps and bounds in the past six weeks, while Rovers are slowly building their team back to full strength.

Integral forward Braydon Graham is still recovering from a broken collar bone, but is expected back on the turf before the finals.

He will then join a formidable forward line that could shake the competition right up.

It is likely the two sides will meet in the first semi-final, so a win here would provide the perfect mental edge.

Meanwhile the two form teams on the women's side of the draw — Cities and Arrows-Athletics — will clash in the late game tomorrow night.

Cities ran riot last weekend, notching eight goals including a hat-trick to Sara Walters.

Rovers were kept scoreless, while Arrows put away four goals, two going to Charlotte Kelly and one each to Kymberly McPherson and Samantha Bell.

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