Shoalhaven Heads Blue took to the turf against Allsorts Orange in the first game for round 20 at the Shoalhaven Hockey competition.
The Allsorts started with most of the attack, putting early pressure on the Heads defence at Bernie Regan Sporting Complex in North Nowra.
Allsorts couldn’t break through the Heads defence and had numerous shots on goal and short corners, only to be stopped by Heads goalkeeper Ann Boatswain. Boatswain continued to put a stop to all shots - high, low, fast and slow. Eventually Allsorts’ player Mel Boundy was able to sneak a slow ball past Boatswain to give them a 1-nil advantage. The game continued mostly the same with some great build up work by both teams.
Late in the second half Lauren Duncan took on the Heads defenders and claimed Allsorts’ second goal by smashing the ball in the corner of the goal.
Shoalhaven Heads Maroon put on an early goal in their match against St Georges Basin White to have Basin on the back foot.
Nat Waters caught Basin keeper Wendy Williams out of the goal box to nail the first goal of the match.
The Basin soon regrouped and equalised through Shana McIllwain thanks to some great team passing by Sharon Walters, Jess Muir and Kim Kenny.
The Basin team saw the return of Barb Muldoon from Australian and state representative duties, which enabled some positional change for the Basin team. Jess Muir had some freedom in the circle to score two goals. The Heads defenders tried their best with Nicole Stone, Jo Faulkner and Erin Pavitt constantly breaking down the play. The Basin team continued to dominate the game with Sharon Walters and Ash Williams adding to the final score 5–1.
Allsorts Men defeated Bluejays 3-2 in a very even and exciting match to kick-off the men’s play for the day. Both teams were down a player in what resulted in a game of ten on ten and lots of field space.
Allsorts spread the goal scorer duties around with Matt Lees, Aaron Lloyd and Sean Wheeler all making one goal a piece.
The Bluejays stayed hot on the Allsorts heals with Denis Smart and Tim Pullen both scoring. Bluejays keeper Rhian Williams was the stand-out player for Bluejays. His goalkeeping skills were on show for all to see and this enabled Bluejays to stay in the game. Rhian was supported by Matt Dunn and Liam Connelly with some great tackling and ball distribution.
Burrawang’s Jack Donavan again dominated play scoring three goals in his team’s 6–2 win over Shoalhaven Heads. In the final game of the day, Burrawang were too strong for the Heads. S. Broomfield two goals and N. Roberts one goal added to Burrawang’s score. Aaron Smith was able to get the Heads on the scoreboard with two goals.