PANTHERS remain undefeated in the women's Premier League Hockey competition after their close 3-2 win against Parkes on Saturday.
The ladies stepped out in the sunshine on home turf under the guidance of Paul Staines while coach Mick Millar was away for the match.
It wasn't an easy win for the women with Parkes' India Draper and Elly Purtell opening the scoring in the first quarter.
Captain Clare Bosman said her squad started slow which meant there was room for error.
"It was really tough, I think we came up pretty slow in the first 15 minutes so that really put us on the backpedal because they [Parkes] scored two pretty good goals," she said.
She said she knew it was going to be a tough match with Parkes in the top four teams of the competition.
"Parkes are a pretty strong team so we came in today's match with the mindset that it was going to be a tough game and it was, but a credit to them of course," she said.
Fortunately Panthers made a comeback in the second quarter with a ball off Chelsea Marshall finding Amelia Leard's stick and into the back of the net.
"We got back there in the end," Bosman said.
Leard proved her strength in the striker line as she bagged two more goals, sealing the victory with a hat-trick over Parkes.
"Millie is strong in the striker line and she brought home the win, it's also good having the younger players getting involved and having a go," Bosman said.
She also commended Rylee Millar and Annie Buckley for their structure, attack and defence on the day.
Panthers are at home again on Saturday, May 1 as they take on Bathurst City at 1.30pm.
- PANTHERS 3 (Amelia Leard) def PARKES 2 (India Draper, Elly Purtell)
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