Shoalhaven Hockey grand final reports

ON ATTACK: Shoalhaven Heads' Jamie Griffen looks for a pass during Sunday's grand final against Burrawang at the Shoalhaven Regional Hockey Complex. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

ON ATTACK: Shoalhaven Heads' Jamie Griffen looks for a pass during Sunday's grand final against Burrawang at the Shoalhaven Regional Hockey Complex. Photo: COURTNEY WARD

The 2016 hockey season is now over after the grand finals were held on the weekend.

In the B grade women’s grand final it was the minor premiers Burrawang against the team  who finished fourth, Shoalhaven Heads. With Burrawang coming from the week’s rest and Heads having played right through the finals series, it was always going to be a battle of who could play out the 70 minutes and manage their players better. An early goal from Shoalhaven Heads was enough of a margin as the game finished 1-0. Burrawang had plenty of opportunities as fatigue set in for the Heads ladies. But it wasn't to be, with the post denying a late equaliser to Burrawang. So coming from fourth on the ladder, Shoalhaven Heads beating the minor premiers 1-0.

In the A grade women’s grand final, Berry were up against Basin. This game started at a frenetic pace, and it seemed as though Berry were a yard off the pace, as Basin scored early in the first half. Berry seemed to regroup and equalised soon after. Basin had more hunger as the game went on and were first to the contest, soon going 2-1 up. The second half saw more of the same and Basin extended their lead to 3-1. Berry finally lifted their tempo and a great bit of individual skill from Sam Cristafi saw it at 3-2. But it was too late as Basin ran down the clock to take the premiership 3-2.

In the men’s grand final, it was minor premiers Burrawang Yowies up against fourth-placed Basin. This game was going to come down to which midfield had the patience to outmanoeuvre their opposition, and it seemed that would be Basin after they went 1-0 up after 10 minutes. Burrawang were not to be denied, and finally the Schofield brothers kicked into action, taking up a 2-1 lead. Both sides were hard at the ball, and some strong tackles saw the ball move from one end to the other, as both teams tried to dominate possession. Tom Dolby slotted a brilliant tomahawk after being left unmarked and with the game back at 2-2 it was anyone's for the taking. The second half saw Basin start to take the foot of the gas and Burrawang seemed to lift. The game soon was at 3-3, but two quick goals from Burrawang in the last 10 minutes made it 5-3 and the minor premiers got the premiership.

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