WAGIN Black men’s hockey team hosted Riffs on Saturday keen to continue their winning start to the season.
Wagin had three players on the bench for the first time this year with Blair Forrest travelling from Narrogin to fill in and Dale Lloyd making his come back from injury.
It was also Owain Fiander’s first game.
Wagin started the game strongly with Brenden Hall and Wade Enright getting on top early.
Riffs hardly had a chance to settle into the game before Wagin got on the scoreboard thanks to a great run from Chris Norwell.
Norwell chased a long ball the length of the field saving it from going over the baseline, before he smashed the ball into the D, where Dwight Kellow made no mistake slamming the ball past the Riffs goalie.
It was a great effort and a good reward for not giving up.
Wagin then had a few more chances to go further in front but were wasting shots on goal. Enright twice had a great opportunity on short corners but narrowly missed.
The next goal didn’t come until Owain came on for his first run.
Hall pulled a great steal passing to a teammate who then found Owain out wide.
Owain passed the ball calmly to Kellow who charged into the D and dragged the Riffs goalie to him, Kellow then passed around the goalie to Sam West who was in a great spot and put the ball over the goal line making the score 2-0.
This was the score at the half time break with Wagin happy with the work they had achieved.
Riffs came out firing after half time and had a few chances to score of their own but were being denied by Wagin’s goalie Shane Bliss.
Lance Mudgeway and Cam Forrest were also doing everything they could to hold Riffs at bay.
Just as it looked like Riffs would score a goal there was an interception and Wagin ran the ball up the other end of the field.
Enright was waiting for the ball and he walked into the D and blasted it past the goalie making it 3-0.
Riffs seemed out of the game but they soon picked themselves up and started throwing everything at Wagin’s defence.
This time they managed to crack it and they got a well worked goal making the score 3-1 and giving them some hope.
With only 10 minutes to go Riffs looked like they may run over Wagin, but Wagin answered back after another steal from Hall.
He hit the ball straight to Kellow who was on the wrong side of the goal but unperturbed, tomahawked the ball past a charging goalie and into the goal making it 4-1.
Kellow went from hero to villain soon after though as Riffs were awarded a goal after some dangerous play and Kellow argued his sides case for the goal to be disallowed only to be sent from the field by the umpire for arguing.
At 4-2 and with three minutes remaining, Riffs had a great chance to get closer as they were awarded a penalty flick soon after, as Cam Forrest got hit with the ball in front of goals.
The Riffs player missed the flick though and the siren went soon after, giving Wagin Black a much needed 4-2 victory.
All of Wagin’s players fought well.
Darren Spencer continued his good form and Ben Kirk played a great game in the middle of the ground.
Sam West, Chris Norwell and Owain Fianders played very well in the forward line.
Enright, Hall and Mudgeway controlled the centre of the ground and Shane Bliss was outstanding again in goals.
Umpire’s best were Lance Mudgeway, Wade Enright and Ben Kirk.
Thanks go to Fiona Kirk for umpiring
Goal scorers were Dwight Kellow 2, Wade Enright 1 and Sam West 1
Wagin Black’s next game is at 5.30pm on Saturday at the turf in Narrogin against All Blacks.
Wagin White also had a great 2-0 win versus Williams and they play Pingelly at 6.55pm in Narrogin on Saturday.