IMPROVED weather conditions from earlier in the week saw the Shoalhaven Hockey Competition in full swing on Saturday.
In the junior competition, Bluejays defeated Allsorts 7-2.
Bluejays had most of the possession with Callum Mackay controlling the majority of Bluejays’ play with Kye Jones and Aitong Crerar running support players.
Callum MacKay scored three goals in his side’s win with A. Urquhart (2) and L. Richards (1).
Allsorts were able to make use of a few break away plays to score.
Allsorts’ Perry brothers, Cooper and goalkeeper Saxon, allowed for constant communication from the back.
Goal scores for Allsorts were A. Flescher and Brendon Lloyd.
In the St Georges Basin and Kangaroo Valley junior match, Kangaroo Valley were clear winners with eight goals to the Basin’s three.
The game started with both teams coming out strong.
However, Kangaroo Valley’s experienced showed in players such as Nick Crawford, James Hayes and Joe Cutler as they allowed for quick plays and solid structure. Kangaroo Valley started to pull away in early in the second half with the goal scores being J. Cuttler (3), S. Jones (2), P. Roberts, J. Haynes, E. Fletcher.
St Georges Basin’s Chloe Boyce, Ben Macdonald and Liam Dooling were stand out players, helping their team net three goals by B. McDonald, M. Brett and L. Dooley.
In the women’s games, Shoalhaven Heads Maroon defeated Shoalhaven Heads Blue 2-1 in what was an evenly contested match.
The game started slow with play moving from one end to the other.
Erin Pavitt took control, converting her shot at goal and putting Maroon in the lead.
With great teamwork, the Heads Blue’s Bec Henning and Michelle Nellenstein helped Kylie Corr convert and even up the score.
Maroon defence of Amanda Garrity, Johanne Faulker and Tracey Apperley kept the Blue team scoreless in the second half.
Likewise the Blue defence of Kay Stone, Jenny Miller and Ros Butfield were tireless workers.
Mellisa Schutz’s goal in the second half sealed the win for the Maroons.
A full strength team for Allsorts Green took the field against St Georges Basin White.
Vanessa Phelan showed great determination and consistency in netting two goals for Allsorts, followed by Peta Brooks and Toni Parish.
Allsorts defenders Kirsty Clements, Stacey Thomson, Cassie Porters and Jenny Flanagan combined well to give the team a solid defence in which the Basin White could not penetrate.
Basin White had great periods of short passing and teamwork.
Basin attackers of Danielle Dolby, Taylor, Matheson-Gee, Kim Matheson, Sharon Walters and Sharna McIllwain combined well but without finding the net.
Final score was an Allsorts win 4-nil.
In what was the final women’s game of the night was another evenly matched game between Allsorts Orange and Basin Red.
Both teams had periods of great team work with strong passing and direct shots at goal.
Allsorts took the lead early with great midfield build up through Bianca Smith and Melissa Boundy that allowed Tennille Newton to find the net.
The Basin defence of Barb Muldoon, Kim Kenny and Kim Matherson was able to control the many Allsorts attacks.
But great play saw Allsorts’ Elle Dodd with room to move in the circle and was able to convert to make the score 2-nil.
Basin were soon on the attack with strong play through Sharon Walters and Kirsty Ashby, with Fay Fitzpatrick picking up a well directed pass and skilfully slipping it past Allsorts’ goalkeeper Vanessa Lloyd.
The second half was evenly contested with Basin goalkeeper Candice Hands stoping many great shots at goal.
Through the great efforts of Hands, the score remained 2-1 to Allsorts Orange.
In the men’s competition Bluejays came up against a determined Shoalhaven Heads teams in a fairly back and forth game with both teams have equal scoring opportunity.
Shoalhaven Heads had a strong structure, making it hard for Bluejays to distribute the ball.
Bluejays were short for numbers and were really put under pressure late in the second half when Shoalhaven Heads started to apply a strong attacking game by using players Aaron Smith and Robert Whittaker.
David Bolt and Peter Hackney also played hard, with B. Krees and M. Clarke scoring one goal each for Heads.
Bluejays’ strong players were Michael Dun, who scored one goal, Liam Connelly and Dennis Smart.
Despite a good effort, Bluejays lost 2-1.
Allsorts and St Georges Basin came head to head with equal scoring opportunities for both teams.
Allsorts controlled the majority of play through Aaron Lloyd in the midfield, supported by Michael Lees and Dave Cannon in defence.
With a strong defensive unit, Allsorts were able to distribute the ball to strong attacking players, Aaron Lloyd and Myles Burke.
Myles Burke scored a hat-trick with Cooper Perry (2) and Aaron Lloyd (1).
Showing great experience and knowledge, Basin’s Vaughan Macdonald and Michael Dolby were able to set plays up for younger Thomas Dolby and Ben Macdonald. Thomas Dolby picked up one goal and A. Norton the other.
At the final whistle Allsorts came out on top 6-2.
Kangaroo Valley dominated Burrawang men to win 6-nil.
The Burrawang defence was no match for the Valley attackers, who showed great passing and game play to see Alex Crawford and Dave Anstiss score two goals each, followed by C. Hindman (2).