St Georges Basin v Bluejays – juniors
AT 10am at the Bernie Regan Hockey Complex St Georges Basin juniors played off against Bluejays juniors in a game which would decide who gets the minor premiership.
St Georges Basin were without strong attacking players Liam Dooley and Sarah Kenny this week, while Bluejays were without centre-half and playmaker Callum Mackay.
Without these three players on the field, the game was noticeably slower and both teams had to work that extra bit harder to fulfill their roles.
Midway through the first half, Joshua Rickwood was able to hit the ball past Bluejays goalkeeper, Nick Crawford, to take the score to 1-nil at half-time.
During this half, Bluejays’ attack was strong as Scott Crisafi and Daniel Ball were able to enter their attacking circle and just missed many scoring opportunities.
The second half started at 1-nil St Georges Basin’s way, but this did not mean they felt comfortable.
During this second half, St Georges Basin’s teamwork started working the ball around through Ben Macdonald and Thomas Dolby.
Sienna Turner, Sophie Jones and Olivia Goodwin also turned up the heat during this second half.
But unfortunately for them, Basin’s defensive strengths in Chloe Boyce and Louis Cameron were too strong and counteracted their attack with ease.
Mikala Rickwood, kept it in the family, as she was able to connect with a cross from the sideline to make the score 2-nil.
Sophie Jones responded quickly as she then was able to capitalise on a run made by Chris Thurbon, to keep Bluejays in the game with a 2-1 score.
Only 10 minutes left and both teams were starting to feel the heat.
Thomas Dolby was able to then place St Georges Basin comfortably in front of Bluejays, slamming home a goal to finish the score at 3-1.
Sam Morris and Madeline Gaffney were also among Bluejays’ best.
The win means St Georges Basin have won the minor premiership trophy.
Allsorts v Hockeyroos – juniors
The 11.30am game saw Allsorts play Hockeyroos in their last game of the year.
With Yasmin Phelan in goals for the orange team, the Hockeyroos found it difficult to score in the first half.
Allsorts were able to finesse two goals from Saxon Perry to enter half-time with a 2-nil advantage.
Hockeyroos players, Nathan Kenny and Nick Crawford both attempted to send balls to high strikers, Jasper Macey and Bret Craig as they made leads around the Allsorts’ defence.
These hits were cut off easily though as Lucia Edwards and Thomas Jelavic were able to trap and pass to carve up the Hockeyroos team.
Cara Haupt and Tristan Roberts also played well for the Allsorts team and they were defensive rocks.
The second half came and the Hockeyroos knew what areas they wanted to improve on.
Kyla and Elliot Crawley became more involved in the game, with goal scoring opportunities coming more often.
Saxon Perry was on a roll as he was able to get another goal to make his tally three for the day.
Cooper Perry and Brendan Lloyd were also able to score one apiece for Allsorts.
Georgia Herne and Elliot Crawley were both able to put one away each for the Hockeyroos.
This game ended in a 5-2 win for Allsorts.
Allsorts Green v St Georges Basin – women
IN the women’s final, second placed Allsorts Green came up against third placed, St Georges Basin.
This game was particularly important as the winner would go on to play Allsorts Orange next week in the grand final.
Both teams started evenly as Basin controlled the majority of game play.
Kim Matheson and Barb Muldoon both were able to distribute the ball as well as win those 50-50 play opportunities.
But the Allsorts defence of Raylene Perry and Belinda Finlay were able to keep them out.
Through vital mid-field players Christina Yu and Erin Pavitt, the ball was able to be distributed to attacking powerhouses Rachel Frew and Mel Boundy.
Through these break-away plays, Allsorts bagged their first goal as Mel Boundy was able to find the back of the net.
With half-time coming closer, St Georges Basin tried to capitalise on every chance they had in the circle with many hits and shots going just wide of the post.
Entering into the second half, Allsorts wanted to extend their lead.
This was not so easy, as Jenny Moffat was able to score in the opening minutes to tie the game up.
Allsorts did not stop though.
Pushing forward, they maintained their structure and strong passes.
With this game plan, Vanessa Phelan was able to take a shot on goal.
This shot, deflecting off the goalkeepers kickers, made it 2-1 in Allsorts’ favour.
The shots on goal were hard and accurate.
This meant St Georges Basin’s goalkeeper, Sharna McIlwain, had to be on top of her game.
And that she was as she made some crucial saves in order to keep her team in the game.
Unfortunately for St Georges Basin though, Allsorts had not yet finished.
With a run by Rachel Frew, Vanessa Phelan was able to get a touch on and deflect the ball into the goal.
This meant a 3-1 victory for Allsorts, who will face club mates next week in the grand final.
Kangaroo Valley v Allsorts – men
IN the men’s final, played at 3.30pm, Kangaroo Valley faced-off against Allsorts in a do or die game.
With an early knock to the head of attacking strength Matthew Wright-Smith two minutes into the game, it looked as if Allsorts’ were heading into the game behind the eight ball.
But this notion quickly turned around as five minutes later, Matt Lees was able to make a crucial pass to Myles Burke during a short corner.
Burke exploited this chance to start the scoring for Allsorts.
This was then followed by Aaron Lloyd, as he was able to get a shot away while inside the circle.
This shot got a touch from a Kangaroo Valley player’s shoe and made its way into the goal to take the game to 2-nil twenty minutes in.
Kangaroo Valley were eager to hit back as playmakers Dan Knapp and Mitch Wilson took control of their team.
This leadership brought Kangaroo Valley into an attacking frenzy where a messy short corner landed Matt Harford a goal to make the score 2-1, six minutes later.
This goal was closely followed by Matthew Wright-Smith, who, despite being injured, came back onto the field to ensure Allsorts were not short for attacking options.
This brought the score to 3-1 at half-time.
Early into the second half, Aaron Lloyd was able to capitalise on a goal scoring opportunity that came from a loop hit from Joshua Wright-Smith that happened to go over Kangaroo Valley’s defence.
With the straight shot open, Aaron Lloyd took it and brought the score to 4-1 in Allsorts’ advantage.
To set the win in stone, Aaron Lloyd slammed home another top of the circle shot opportunity with two minutes left to finish the game at 5-1.
With this win, Allsorts will progress to the grand final where they will play against Burrawang.
Another reminder for those interested in the spring/summer twilight competition, team entries close soon, so get in fast.