Juniors serve up fierce competition out on the field

IN the first game of the day at the Shoalhaven Hockey Complex, Bluejays took on Kangaroo Valley in the juniors competition. 

Once again Callum Mackay dominated proceedings scoring three goals and setting up goals for the young Bluejays team’s Kye Jones (2) and Alaistair Urquhart. 

Kye Jones continues to improve and Madeline Gaffney was also solid in goals for Bluejays. 

Valley tried hard with Sophie Jones always looking to threaten the Bluejays defence, with Sarah Hamilton and Joe Cutler providing good support through the mid field, but Valley just could not find the back of the net.

St Georges Basin and Allsorts met in the second game of the day with Basin coming out on top 3-nil. 

Goals to Basin went to Abbie Macdonald, Matt Brett and Josh Rickwood. 

Ben Macdonald directed play well from the midfield for Basin, with Tristan Roberts and young Rocky Ashby also contributing regularly. 

Allsorts gave their best, as they do every week, with Cooper Perry leading their young team from the back and making some penetrating runs through the midfield. Kaihla Oxman played well in goals making plenty of saves, while Brendan Lloyd and Saxon Perry showed to the benefit of their recent foray into representative hockey for the Shoalhaven.

The first women’s game for the day was a lop-sided affair with Allsorts Green dominating to come away with and 11- 0 win over Shoalhaven Heads Blue. 

Goals were scored by Vanessa Phelan (4), Kirsty Clement (2), N. Cochrane, Eleanor Dodd, Toby Parish, S. White and K. Knezevic.

The Allsorts club’s dominance in the women’s competition continued in the next game with Allsorts Green winning 4-nil and against a determined Shoalhaven Heads Maroon. 

Lauren Duncan (2), Cassie English and Rachel Frew were the goal scorers.

Intra club rivalry was on show and there was plenty of passion in the final women’s game for the day when the St Georges Basin Reds played the Whites. Alisha Duncan showed her class in the midfield controlling the game by continually sending good balls wide to Taylor Matheson-Gee and Gabby Lazaro which caused havoc for the Red team’s defence. 

However strong defence from Kirsty Ashby, Nadine Longbottom and goal keeper Candice Phillips-Hand kept the half time score to 1-nil. 

The Whites continued to press hard in the second half with the experience of Kellie McIlwain and Kim Matheson making the difference along with the strong running of Sharna McIlwain up front. 

For the Reds, new recruits Aleesha Wayman and Jess Muir showed their value to the Basin club. 

The Whites finished with a 4-nil victory, with Kellie McIlwain scoring three and Sharna McIlwain one. 

Best on field for the Whites was Gabby Lazaro, Alisha Duncan and Kim Matheson and for the Red team Jess Muir, Candice Phillips-Hand and Kirsty Ashby.

In the first men’s game for the day Burrawang started fast and scored in the first 10 minutes against St Georges Basin. 

Basin’s penalty corner defence was about to be tested with raid after raid on the Basin circle and Burrawang converted five corners for the game. 

Burrawangs goals were scored by Jack Donovan (2), Jessie Mauger (2), A Mauger and B. Donovan. 

Jack Donovan and Sam Bromfield threatened regularly but had to rely on their set plays this week. 

Corey Walton led the way in the defence for Basin with youngsters Tristan Roberts and Josh Rickwood enjoying the responsibility of playing at the back. Not to be left out the Basin also scored from a well-executed penalty corner with Dominic Watson smashing one home. 

At the half-time break the score was 5–1. 

In the second half the return of Vaughan Macdonald from injury stiffened the Basin midfield and with support from Michael Jarrett and Henry Taylor-Denning. This provided good attacking options for Adam Norton and Dominic Watson to put some pressure on the Burrawang team. 

With time running out, Basin’s Tristan Roberts finished off an attacking foray with his first goal in seniors leaving the final score 6-2.  

In the final game for the day Allsorts and Shoalhaven Heads fought out a tough battle to finish at 2-all. 

Goals for Allsorts were scored by Miles Burke and Sean Wheeler, with Heads scoring through David Bolt and Aaron Smith. 

GAME SAVER: Bluejays goalkeeper Madeline Gaffney made many saves on Saturday, this time stopping Kangaroo Valley’s Sophie Jones.

GAME SAVER: Bluejays goalkeeper Madeline Gaffney made many saves on Saturday, this time stopping Kangaroo Valley’s Sophie Jones.


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