Sparks captain Andrew Maguire will lead his side from the front when it takes on Meteors in today’s A1 men’s grand final.
Sparks captain Andrew Maguire will lead his side from the front when it takes on Meteors in today’s A1 men’s grand final. Chrissy Harris

Sparks set to fly

SPARKS will shoot for both the men's and women's A1 hockey titles in their respective grand finals at Rigby Park this afternoon.

The A1 men's side has contested every grand final since 1935 and boasts eight consecutive titles, but their captain Andrew McGuire expects a stern challenge from their opponents, Meteors.

“They're progressively getting better and it's only a matter of time before they get us, so if we're not on our game they've certainly got the game to beat us.” he said.

Meteors are yet to take a game from Sparks this season, but their impressive display against Souths last week means they will come into the game with great confidence.

McGuire pinpointed Meteors' set pieces as their most dangerous attacking weapon.

“We've got to minimise their short corner attack. If we can limit their chances in the circle that will go a long way towards winning,” he said.

The women's final will pit Sparks' youth against the experience of Souths in a rematch of the major semi-final which Souths won 1-0.

Sparks' coach Nathan Smith said that there was little separating the two sides in what promises to be a tight encounter.

“I think we're the underdogs, but I think it will be a really close game; both teams have been close all year,” he said.

The women's final starts at 2.05pm with the men's game to follow at 3.30pm.



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