THERE was plenty of skill shown in junior’s, men’s and women’s hockey at the Bernie Regan Spoting Complex on Saturday despite the blustery conditions.
The Kangaroo Valley junior team out-played the young Allsorts team.
Cooper Perry tried hard to get his young team to the circle to score, as did Brendan Lloyd, who combined well with Cooper in the midfield.
The experience of the older Valley players showed, and help direct the younger players around the field.
Allsorts goalie Lachlan played well in goals however could not hold out the strong Valley attack.
Great passing work from Nick Crawford, Jo Cuttler and J. Hayes resulted in a 7-nil win for Valley.
Valley scores were Nick Crawford (2), Jo Cuttler (2), S. Jones, J. Hayes and E. Fletcher.
Bluejays played short in their match against St Georges Basin.
Bluejays’ Callum McKay did well to keep the ball moving and tried his best to outsmart the Basin defenders.
The Basin juniors combined well and showed great improvement through short passes and ball possession.
Liam Dooley led the way in the mid field with Tristan in the back line.
The Basin team was too strong for Bluejays and finished in front 6-2.
Goal scores for the Basin were Liam Dooley (3), J. Cushan, M. Brett and M. Rickwood with Callum McKay scoring two for Bluejays.
In the women’s games, the inter-club derby between Allsorts’ Green and Orange was always going to be exciting.
The teams currently sit in first and second position on competition ladder.
Both teams had their chances in the first half with shots on goal.
The ball freely moved from one end to the other continually making both teams work hard.
The second half saw the Green team showcase their successful short corner combination that was no match for the Orange.
Green quickly netted two goals from the short corner play.
With Orange in shock the Green quickly nailed two field goals to seal the win 4-1.
Not to be outdone, Orange finished with a goal scored by Mel Boundy.
The scorers for the Green were Peta Brooks, Sue White, Toni Parrish and Kristy Clement.
Shoalhaven Heads Maroon made it two wins in a row defeating St Georges Basin Red 5–1.
An undermanned Basin side performed creditably in which the score did not reflect the closeness during the majority of the match.
Enjoying numerical superiority, Heads immediately attacked but great defending Nadine Longbottom and Kim Mathieson prevented the opposition from scoring until the fifteenth minute.
Danielle Dolby and Sharna McIllwain led a number of dangerous attacks into the Heads circle, although good defending limited scoring opportunities. Unfortunately the weight of possession and mounting injuries began to have an effect on Basin, which conceded another goal before halftime.
Reinvigorated after the break, an impressive move by Basin resulted in a goal to Dolby.
Georgia Mathieson-Gee and Karen Carter worked extremely hard to defend the left hand side while Candace Phillips-Hands was solid in the goals.
To their credit Heads finished the match strongly, scoring a number of impressive goals as the score blew out to 5-1 despite the best efforts of the tired and wounded Basin players.
Heads’ Mel Schutz led the way with two goals followed by Kristin Throne, Erin Pavitt and Tracey Casinelli.
In the men’s games Burrawang were able keep ahead of St Georges Basin in the goal department winning 6–3.
Playing without their inspirational captain Vaughan Macdonald, St Georges Basin turned in one of their best performances of the season against the high-flying Burrawang.
Displaying confidence in their teammates, the Basin short passing game was used to great effect by midfielders Henry Taylor-Denning and Thomas Dolby. Consequently, it was Basin who scored first with Adam Norton finishing off an excellent attacking buildup.
Burrawang hit back to level the score.
Unfortunately, the youth and pace of the Burrawang side came to the fore at the end of the half with Basin conceding a flurry of goals to enter the dressing shed down 5-1 at half-time.
Showing belief in the game plan and greater resolve in defence, Basin was next to score as Thomas Dolby made a blistering run to round the Burrawang keeper and slot the ball home.
Corey Walton and Michael Jarrett did a magnificent job to nullify the threat posed by Jack Donovan, while Norton and the irrepressible Josh Rickwood continued to make terrific leads up front.
It was Norton who scored the third Basin goal, finishing off a slick counter attacking raid.
Burrawang scored one more goal in the last minute of the match to make the scoreline 6-3 but the performance of the Basin side as a unit indicates a promising finish to the season.
Alexz Crawford and Matt Harford both scored two goals each in Kangaroo Valley’s 4–1 win over Bluejays.
Tim Pullen was able to keep Bluejays on the score board scoring their only goal.
In the other men’s game Allsorts defeated Shoalhaven Heads 4–nil.
Scorers were Aaron Lloyd and Dave Cannon, M. Edwards and Cooper Perry.