THE Wagin B-grade teams suffered mixed fortunes on the weekend, with Wagin White going down 2-1 to Olympics and Wagin Black having a convincing 4-0 win against Pingelly.
Wagin White had a great 3-0 win last week against Dumbleyung, but couldn’t continue their good form against a much improved Olympics Hockey team.
White were missing captain Kim Hough, who is recovering from an injury incurred in last week’s game and his presence in the back line was sorely missed.
The game was played on Wagin’s home ground and Wagin started stronger and more determined than Olympics and were rewarded for their hard work with a great goal from Fyn Gell.
Olympics then got their own back to tie the scores up just before half time.
Olympics got a second goal not long after the break and try as they might Wagin couldn’t come up with an equaliser, resulting in their first defeat of the season.
Umpire’s best players for Wagin White were Fyn Gell, Reece Tackin and Ty Cook.
Wagin White have to play defending premiers Warriors at 4.05pm this Saturday in Narrogin.
Wagin Black had the late game at 6.55pm in Narrogin on the turf.
This was their first game on the turf and confidence was high after last week’s 2-0 defeat of Williams in Wagin.
Wagin Black only had 11 players available, so they knew it was going to be a huge challenge to get over Pingelly.
Pingelly seemed to start the better of the sides as they pushed Wagin deep into defence and tried to hold them there.
Wagin responded though and soon turned defence into attack as Wade Enright cleared a ball to Brenden Hall who found Dwight Kellow open in the D.
Kellow made no mistake and sent a ball flying past the goalie taking the score to 1-0.
Hall got on the score board himself not long after, as he sent a push towards the goal beating all of Pingelly’s players and the goalie.
Wagin then had quite a few more opportunities to score, but were unable to convert, just missing each time.
With the score at 2-0 at the half time break, Wagin were far from finished.
Wagin started the second half well and it wasn’t long before Chris Norwell got on the scorecard with a great shot past the goalie.
Sam West playing on the left had a number of chances to score but kept getting denied and it was fitting that he would finally get one after the Pingelly goalie made a mistake trying to clear a ball.
The goalie stoped a ball from Kellow that was going over the baseline and West seeing his chance jumped on the loose ball and dragged around the goalie into an open goal to seal the 4-0 victory.
All of Wagin’s players performed very well, with Kellow, Hall and Enright dominating in the middle of the ground.
Wagin’s defenders in Cam Forrest, Nathan Cook and Ben Kirk played extremely well repelling every Pingelly attack, and setting up Wagin’s attackers.
Darren Spencer played the game of his life, as with no subs he fought all day and owned the right side of the field.
Blair Forrest, who filled in for Wagin, had an excellent first up game.
Umpire’s best were Brenden Hall, Wade Enright and Cam Forrest, with goal scorers Dwight Kellow, Brenden Hall, Chris Norwell and Sam West.
Wagin Black has a bye this weekend.