Big day out for Basin

IT was action aplenty to finish off a big day, despite the wet weather, at the Bernie Regan Hockey Complex when St Georges Basin Red prevailed over a determined Shoalhaven Heads Blue 3-2 in the women’s competition to make it four wins from four games for the day for the St Georges Basin Club. 

Heads took an early lead through a goal to Jo Faulkner with Basin fighting back hard and moving to a 3-1 lead with goals to Danielle Dolby, Jessica Muir and the ever present Sharon Walters.  

A late goal to Heads’ C. Tasker lifted the intensity for the final 10 minutes as Heads worked to level the scores, but Basin held out the Heads attack. 

Earlier in the day St Georges Basin White took on Allsorts Orange in a willing contest with Basin coming away with an impressive 3-1 win with goals to Danielle Dolby, Sharna McIlwain and Sharon Walters. 

Allsorts Orange’s goal was scored by T. Newton.

In the final game of the day in the women’s competition, Allsorts Green was too strong for the Shoalhaven Heads Maroon outfit, winning 7-nil. 

Allsorts’ goals were scored by P. Brooks (2), Eleanor Dodd (2), Toby Bacchus, Vanessa Phelan and Cassie English.

Shoalhaven Heads Maroon’s lone goal was scored by Tracey Casinelli.

In the men’s competition the boys from Kangaroo Valley were too strong for an undermanned Allsorts, winning 5-2. 

Mitch Wilson and Daniel Knapp led the way for Valley, with Will McConnell and Tom Jennings injecting themselves into the attack regularly. 

Goals for Valley were scored by Ian Emerson (2), Matt Harford, Will McConnell and Mitch Wilson, while for Allsorts goals were scored by the Lees brothers, Michael and Matthew.

The big day out for the St Georges Basin Club continued when their men’s team fought back to take the points with a 3-2 win in a good contest with Shoalhaven Heads. 

Heads went to an early 2-nil lead with a spectacular goal to Aaron Smith from wide on the left, with it followed up by some good finishing by Owen Sigal. 

In a sign of things to come, Basin scored just before the half-time siren when Ben Macdonald received a pass in space on the left in the circle and, showing poise beyond his 13 years, drove a shot past the keeper to make the scores 2-1 at half-time. 

In a willing and even contest in the second half, the difference was Basin finishing off their chances, with Thomas Dolby scoring from a penalty corner and Vaughan Macdonald pulling off a reflex rebound to beat the keeper with less than five minutes on the clock, to give Basin their first win for the season. 

Bluejays prevailed in the final men’s game for the day to win 4-1. 

Bluejays had a numbers advantage with Burrawang missing some players. 

Michael Dun led the way for Bluejays, scoring their four goals and playing a pivotal role in attack and defence. 

Liam Connelly provided strong support in defence as well as creating opportunities in attack. 

Burrawang players Blake Hill, who scored their only goal, and Sam Bromfield were both dangerous in attack with the evergreen Barry Donovan showing his class in organising the Burrawang attack and defence. 

The juniors competition moved to the full field format with St Georges Basin enjoying the extra space to roam and create chances, winning 5-nil over Bluejays. 

Basin’s goals were scored by Matthew Brett (2), Liam Dooley (2) and Georgia Matheson-Gee, who scored in her first junior game for the Basin club.

The other junior’s game saw Kangaroo Valley too strong for Allsorts, winning 7-nil. 

Joe Cuttler had a big day out for Valley, scoring four goals, while Payton Roberts, Ellie Priest and Fergus Priest also scored goals.

Shoalhaven Hockey will break for the Easter weekend with competition back in action on April 26.

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