IN her second nationwide league season, Ipswich sportswoman Layla Eleison is feeling extra comfy mixing it with Australia’s finest hockey gamers.
“I actually get pleasure from this time of the 12 months the place we get to play with all of the Hockeyroos ladies and the extra skilled gamers,” Eleison mentioned, getting ready for the newest Hockey One League matches in Brisbane on Friday night time and Sunday.
“There’s a little bit of journey from Ipswich however I nonetheless get pleasure from it.
“The brand new format is definitely actually good aside from once more the travelling bit however I feel we’re all getting used to that now since final 12 months.
“It is going to be nice to have three house video games in a row developing.”
The Blaze girls play Tassie Tigers on Friday at 6pm earlier than a 1pm Sunday conflict in opposition to Perth Thundersticks at Colmslie.
The Blaze will host their ultimate house recreation in opposition to NSW on Saturday, November 2 earlier than the finals sequence begins.
Eleison is one in every of three Ipswich-based gamers within the Blaze squad assembled for the inaugural competitors that includes present and future stars of Australian hockey.
Former Australian Hockeyroo Jordyn Holzberger is one other common consultant participant with goalkeeper Emily Witheyman-Crump additionally within the newly named Blaze squad.
Eleison and Holzberger have been Hancocks representatives within the Ipswich competitors.
“She’s been enjoying so good,” Eleison mentioned of Holzberger, who shared in Australia’s silver medal-winning efficiency ultimately 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games.
“I actually get pleasure from enjoying with Jordy this 12 months.
“I’ve acquired to know her a bit extra and began to tackle a number of ideas that she’s given to me, particularly being a former Hockeyroo.”
Eleison has been enjoying a midfield/striker function within the Hockey One League. Holzberger has been representing Blaze in her normal midfield place.
Eleison labored with Blaze coach Nikki Taylor beforehand with the Queensland under-21 staff.
“She actually enjoys us youthful ladies I feel and she or he then actually steps up once we play nationwide league,” Eleison mentioned.
Making ready for his or her newest Hockey One spherical at house, the Blaze girls have made a constructive begin to be in fourth place.
After dropping Three-2 on penalties to Canberra of their first recreation, Blaze went down 1-Zero to Melbourne earlier than final weekend’s breakthrough Four-2 victory over Adelaide.
Eleison scored her first Hockey One League purpose in that recreation from a variation off a nook.
When requested if she’s prepared for one more huge recreation in Brisbane this weekend, Eleison declared: “I certain am”.
“It is actually good.
“We had a little bit of a rocky begin however I feel we have gelled and we have got a brand new staff on the market.”
Eleison was participant of the ultimate lining up for Hancocks within the latest Ipswich hockey season decider.
Being a twin registered participant within the Ipswich and Brisbane competitions, she mentioned a doubleheader offered added pleasure this weekend.
“A few of us really desire to in all probability play shut collectively as effectively as a result of it isn’t such a protracted look ahead to the following recreation,” she mentioned.
“Sunday we’ll in all probability get a a lot better crowd there.”
The Blaze males are unbeaten and eager to construct on their early success again in Brisbane this weekend.
The boys’s and ladies’s doubleheaders on the State Hockey Centre will probably be supported by child’s actions, halftime leisure, avenue meals vans and a dwell DJ.
Hockey One League spherical on the State Hockey Centre (Colmslie): Friday – Brisbane Blaze v Tassie Tigers. Ladies’s recreation at 6pm with males’s conflict at 7.30pm.
Sunday: Brisbane Blaze v Perth Thundersticks. Ladies’s recreation at 1pm with males’s match at 2.30pm.