Fremantle Hockey Club players thrive on unfamiliar turf


Heather Batten and Erin Hall
Heather Batten and Erin Hall

THE numbers do not lie.

Eighteen games, 24 goals and two powerful hockey sticks have thrust Fremantle Hockey Club pair Heather Batten and Erin Hall into the top echelon of this year’s Hockey WA Promotion 1 Women competition.

The pair is in scintillating form with just three games to go, sitting second and third in the competition’s top goalscorers with 12 goals apiece.

While now one of the competition’s prolific goalscorers, it was not always that way for Batten, who is playing in her first season for Fremantle after moving to Perth from the UK.

“I actually first played hockey as a goalkeeper when my friend’s team needed a goalie because I played lots of soccer as a kid,” she said.

“I didn’t even know what hockey was but thought I would give it a go and I then transferred to outfield after a few years.

“It’s always nice to score goals but I don’t really pay too much attention to it, my focus is getting three points on the board each week and making sure we reach the finals as a team.”

With the team perched nicely on top of the ladder as finals approach, Hall said there were more important things to focus on than individual goal tallies.

“It is nice we are both up there, but what is great about this season is the number of goals across other players in the team,” she said.

“We have five players in the top 15 goal scorers in the competition, which is more than we have ever had and more than any of the other teams.

“When we play our game, our team has the ability to beat every team in this competition.

“We have a ‘big game’ every weekend in the sense that every game is a final, a must win and in most cases we have come away with the three points; it is a credit to the team that we play with that sustained pressure week in week out and still get results.”