Berry tasted double success in the Shoalhaven Hockey Competition taking out both the men's and women's titles in tough grand finals.
The women took the win 4-nil over St Georges Basin, while the men had to work harder before securing a 4-2 victory also over Basin in the season deciders at the Shoalhaven Regional Hockey Complex at the Bernie Regan Sporting Complex at North Nowra on Saturday (September 19).
The win gives the Berry women back-to-back titles, while the men have now won four straight crowns.
The women's decider started at a quick pace, with both sides who have dominated the 2020 season, feeling each other out.
Berry made a number of attacking raids into the Basin circle but were repelled by some stout defence.
It fell to youngster Natty Sparkes who did it all herself down the right hand side beating a number of defenders before slotting in a well-taken goal from a tight angle to give Berry a 1-nil lead, which they held until quarter time.
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Just before the break Berry lost Iszi Crawford to a green card for two minutes courtesy of a lazy tackle.
Berry dominated the opening stages of the second quarter forcing a number of short corners.
At one stage Basin had to defend three short corners in a row as Berry camped themselves in the attacking circle.
Eight minutes before half-time Berry made it 2-nil, with a good short corner move - Suzi Jarman laid the ball off to Iszi Crawford whose shot looked certain to be going into the bottom left corner before Maddy Gaffney secured a beautiful deflection.
They went further ahead four minutes later when Jarman scored again from a well-taken short corner for a 3-nil advantage which Berry held at half-time.
Basin wasn't done however and fought back and put some pressure on the defending champs, but Berry's defence held firm.
Berry had a goal disallowed late in the third quarter but maintained its 3-nil advantage at the final break.
Basin continued to push hard but just could not break through the determined Berry defence.
Berry's continued pressure was rewarded with a number short corners late in the game, including four after the final siren, which Iszi Crawford converted with a nice flick to make the final score 4-nil.
Berry 4 (Natty Sparkes, Maddy Gaffney, Suzi Jarman, Iszi Crawford) d St Georges Basin nil.
The men's decider also pitted the top two teams on the ladder in the grand final showdown.
The game started extremely quickly, with both sides pressuring the other.
Neither side gave an inch but with just over five and half minutes of the first quarter remaining Berry scored.
A great through ball from skipper Tim Mather to the competition's leading goalscorer Myles Burke who made a nice deflection for a 1-nil lead.
The Magpies sensed a chance and just two minutes later made it 2-nil when Burke scored his second goal, from a tomahawk off a short corner.
Berry took that 2-nil advantage into quarter time, with Basin losing Daniel Chard and Anthony Anyon, who both spent time on the sideline for infringements.
Right on half-time they turned that pressure into points when skipper Lachlan Butfield scored from a well-worked short corner move to make it 2-1 and he scored again after the half-time siren, again from a short corner, to lock it up 2-all at the break.
The second half started with Berry's Nathan Pike being dispatched for two minutes and while both sides had chances, the scores were locked 2-all at three quarter time.
The last quarter started in sensational fashion with Basin playmaker Tim Chard receiving a card.
Berry took full advantage with Mark "Sticks" Croker scoring from a short corner flick a minute and a half into the quarter.
Crocker made it a double two minutes later when he scored a good field goal.
Basin continued to push and made a tiring Berry defence scramble at stages.
The Magpies looked to have gone further ahead with just over six minutes remaining when Pike appeared to have scored a superb individual goal only to be disallowed.
Berry had to withstand a few anxious moments again in the last two minutes of the match as Basin finished strongly again.
Despite tiring and and players suffering injuries Berry held on for a hard-fought and well-deserved victory.
Berry 4 (Myles Burke 2, Mark Croker 2) d St Georges Basin 2 (Lachlan Butfield 2).
Both Berry sides wore special pink socks on the day supporting the "Pink up Berry" campaign, which the club is a sponsor of, and raised $1496 for the Jane McGrath Foundation.
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