RACHAEL Lenehan can forget any thoughts of a quiet Saturday.
The goalkeeper has a hectic schedule in today’s Warrnambool and District Hockey Association grand finals at Albert Park.
The 24-year-old starts her day by coaching hot favourites Strikers in the under 17 grand final, followed by playing goal keeper in both the women’s and men’s season deciders.
It sounds daunting. But Lenehan doesn’t mind.
“Last year was the first year I missed out on playing on grand final day since I was 13,” she said.
“I’m making up for it this year.”
Lenehan, who suffered a broken finger on her left hand two weeks ago, is determined to be in the cage tomorrow.
She had a shield made for the digit and, despite not training this week, will push on.
“It’s very exciting,” she said.
Her initial focus is on the under 17 grand final, where Strikers, after finishing on top of the ladder, take on second-placed Technique. Strikers defeated Technique two weeks ago in the second semi-final.
If she can only have one win today, she didn’t need much time to think about which one she wanted.
“I would love for my kids to win,” she said.
“We’ve had the team for the last four or five years. I will be very happy if they get up.”
She said Strikers had an even line-up, while Technique had a couple of standout players.
Her women’s team, Storm, will also start favourites against two-time defending premiers Saints in the 1pm game.
Storm finished on top of the ladder and defeated Saints in the second semi-final.
Lenehan was drafted as a replacement into Storm’s men’s side, which is underdog after having finished second and lost the second semi-final to Pirates.
“I haven’t been playing men’s,” she said.
Today’s under 17 grand final is at 11am, the women’s at 1pm and the men’s at 3pm.
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