The season for the Port Pirie and Districts Hockey Association reaches its climax this weekend with teams across the divisions vying to be premiers.
This week sees Panthers take on Risdon in the Division 1 Men's hockey grand final. Panthers go into the grand final as favourites being undefeated minor premiers boasting association awards winners, Dylan Adams as best-and-fairest and Lee Kirchner as highest goal scorer.
Risdon's young goal keeper Matt Howe will have to be on form to shut out the Panthers attack. Risdon have the under 18 best-and-fairest player, Adam Jackson and the under 18 runner-up best-and-fairest player, Ethan Northcott in their line-up.
Player-coach John Northcott has been mentoring his young team and prepared them for the big game this weekend. Risdon shouldn't be taken lightly after defeating St Andrews in the semi final in sudden death extra time last week.
Panthers' senior defender Matt Mummery will need to keep his eye on young gun Harry Dando and experienced attacker Matt van Geisen.
In the Women's Division 1 grand final, reigning premiers Risdon take on St Andrews. Risdon finished as minor premiers and have the association best-and-fairest award winner Sean Blieschke and the runner-up best-and-fairest, Jess Marwick in their line up. While St Andrews have the highest goal scorer, Demi Freer and the under 18 best-and-fairest player, Edyn Manfield and runner-up best-and-fairest player, Jordan Ganley, in their line up. Supported by senior players Kath Johnson and player-coach Danica Manfield, St Andrews go into the match as the underdog.
Risdon, led by captain Elke Holze have been strong all year and have proven themselves as the team to beat on Saturday.
The grand finals program starts at 4:30pm on Friday night Panthers playing St Andrews in the Under 18 Girls followed by the Under 18 Boys match between Panthers and Risdon at 6:00pm.
The Division 3 Women's match between Panthers and St Andrews is being played at 7:30pm with the Division 4 Men match between Risdon and Panthers being on at 8:45pm.
Saturday's program starts at 9am with the Under 14 girls match between Panthers and St Andrews followed by the under 14 boys match between Crystal Brook and Risdon at 10:30am. The Division 3 Men's match between Strykers and Panthers played at 12pm.
St Andrews and Panthers go head to head in both the Division 2 Women's and Division 2 Men's match at 1:45pm and 3:15pm. The Division 1 Women's match is on at 5:15pm with the Division 1 Men's match on at 7pm.