THE weekend provided some fantastic viewing for hockey spectators, with close games and plenty of goal scoring action.
In the men’s A-grade on Friday night, All Blacks faced a Riffs side with a very impressive list.
All Blacks battled hard early in the game, never too far from Riffs on the score board with goals during the game to Angus Armstrong, Brian McMahon and Sam Broad.
Riffs couldn’t be held back for long, and stacked on the goals in the second half.
The Ballard boys dominated the score board for Riffs, with three goals to Kendall, 2 goals to Rhett and a single goal to Roger.
Broad was dominant for All Blacks and was voted fairest and best for the game, while the Francis boys, Grady and Brock, were voted best players for Riffs.
Pingelly then travelled to Narrogin on Saturday to face Warriors in the other men’s A-grade game.
In a hard fought match, Warriors walked away with the points with a 4-2 win.
Ryan Hough and Chris Allen controlled the ball through the midfield for Warriors, while Dougall Haslam and Brendan Walker were strong in defence for Pingelly.
In the only women’s A-grade match for the weekend, Robins faced a Pingelly side coming off a good win the week before.
Pingelly held the game in a grid lock for much of the first half, with Robins failing to find much space.
A single goal to Robins in the first half came off a short corner, with Jodie George scoring from a hit on the top of the D.
Robins came out in the second half with a point to prove, with goals to Celina Fowler and Louise Pomykala bumping the score to 3-0.
Kelly Atherton held the game together for Pingelly while George and Zeta Lancaster showed their class for Robins.
The men’s B-grade competition saw some dominant wins this weekend, as teams prepare for the run into the finals.
Warriors smashed All Blacks, Olympics defeated Wagin White 3-0 and Wagin Black defeated Pingelly 4-0.
The only close game of the round was between Williams and Riffs, with Riffs running out eventual winners 2-1.
In the women’s B-grade, Robins held on gallantly to draw with Brookton, Wagin had a good 2-0 win over Wickepin and Williams again proved they are the team to beat with a 7-0 win over Warriors.
Don’t forget the game of the year is to be played between the Men’s State Country team and the UGSHA President’s XI on July 21 at 7:30pm.
Make sure to come down and catch some of the action, including some half time fun and post-game music.
UPPER Great Southern Hockey Association games were played on the weekend.
Robins drew Brookton 0-0.
Better players: D Green, N Thornton, J Sieber, D Sweeney, C Rushton, C Gault.
Williams defeated Warriors 7-0.
Better players: B Duff, J Gowland, T Kirk, S Hennessey, J Hayes, L Barr.
Wagin defeated Wickepin 2-0.
Better players: A Carter-Regan, M Ball, L Kellow, R Bransby, A Manton, L Marchei.
Robins defeated Pingelly 3-0.
Better players: C Coffey, J George, Z Lancaster, K Atherton, J Broun, L Savage.
Riffs defeated Williams 2-1.
Better players: C Blight, S Angwin, C Lutz, P Cowcher, P Harrison, T Cornwall.
Wagin Black defeated Pingelly 4-0.
Better players: L Mudgway, S West, P Blight, D Warburton, J Blight, B Warburton.
Warriors defeated All Blacks 16-0.
Better players: C Yorke, A Corner, N Corner, C Antonio, A Harris, G Durell.
Olympics defeated Wagin White 3-0.
Better players: A Robinson, J Barrett, G Budby, K Hough, K Foale, J Diver.
Riffs defeated All Blacks 6-3.
Better players: G Francis, B Francis, F Lydiate, S Broad, A Blight, A Armstrong.
Warriors defeated Pingelly 4-2.
Better players: R Hough, C Allen, C Gambrell, D Haslam, B Walker, N O’Brien.