Glory for perfect Waratah?

REMATCH: Waratah and Steel City will go head to head in the Women's A Grade Grand Final. Pictured are Captains Karinna Hass and Mirella Marino.
REMATCH: Waratah and Steel City will go head to head in the Women's A Grade Grand Final. Pictured are Captains Karinna Hass and Mirella Marino.

The women's hockey juggernaut of Waratah will clash with reigning premiers Steel City in a Grand Final which could see the red-and-whites cap an undefeated season with an A Grade premiership.

Led by Whyalla News Medallist Karinna Hass and talented defender Elysha Hickey, Waratah go into the contest as firm favourites while Steel will look to negate their attacking prowess with their strong defence.

Waratah Coach Mitchell Hass said his side, which has scored 77 goals throughout the season, wouldn't underestimate Steel City's ability going into the final.

"Mirella Marino is one of the players we need to get under control, she's very damaging when she's got the ball, and Maegan Skepper's workrate is second to none, so if we can limit those two we'll have a good chance of winning," he said.

Waratah have been boosted by talented juniors such as Katie Compton coming up through their ranks, while maintaining the veterans who have helped get them to consecutive Grand Finals.

"Our forward line's pretty damaging with Casey Watson on the wing, Karinna Hass at Centre Forward, along with Bec Strawbridge," Mitchell said.

The heartache of losing last year's Grand Final to Steel will serve as extra motivation for Waratah to get the job done, with Coach Hass saying his side had "taken it to heart".

"We've been putting the work in through preseason, the girls have worked harder this year to come out on top," he said.

Steel City Coach Mal Pudney said his side were looking forward to a fast paced, skillful Grand Final respectful of the season that Waratah has had.

"Steel City's defence is led strongly by co-captain Mirella Marino, with fullback Brianna O'Keefe the rock in defence," he said.

"The midfield is controller by Maegan Skepper and the ever consistent Tahlia Reeves, Rebecca McMullen and Hannah Spigiel."

Steel's forward line will also be dangerous, with Jade Schuster, Savannah Higgins and co-captain Olivia Brown working very well together.

Waratah will also feature in the B Grade Grand Final, taking on Hummock Hill in a match where Hummock go in as the favourites.

Hummock Hill Coach Chris Bath said the team were going through a rebuild but had gelled really well as a team and had gone the extra mile of getting to know one another outside of hockey.

"On the field they are quite a strong team in terms of their communication," he said.

B Grade Best and Fairest Charlotte Hobba will be key for Hummock if they are to get over the line, as will Sarah Rudd.

Waratah Coach Karinna Hass said her side had a very even regular season, however they struggled when it came to beating Hummock Hill.

"It's going to be a tough game, very physical, I'm just hoping that the positioning is right for the girls," she said.

"We have a fairly fit team so they can hold on and still have legs by the end of the game."