THE men’s A-grade hockey was played under threatening skies last weekend and while the rain held off for the first match of the day, the goals certainly didn’t.
The clash between All Blacks and Riffs would have seen most pundits placing the smart money on Riffs, following their demolition of last year’s premiers Warriors last week, however it was the Blacks who came out of the blocks firing.
In what was expected to be a fast and skilful match, the much older All Blacks team seemed to outsmart the younger and pacier Riffs team early in the game.
It was only five minutes into the game when All Blacks struck first blood with some excellent passing displays that saw the ball worked out of defence and eventually into the net by Steve Durell.
Durell’s second goal took the score to 2-0 at half time.
In the second half, the wheels seemed to fall off the All Blacks’ wagon, as Riffs fought their way back into the match with goals to Tom Bairstow, Rhett Ballard and Corey McKenzie.
A goal nearing the end of the game by Mark Regan drew the game at 3-3, with better players being Steven Durell, Pete Thompson and Sam Broad.
Later in the afternoon Warriors men found some winning form when they demolished Pingelly 8-0.
With multiple goals to Dale Batt, Chris Allen and Rob Rybarzyk, Warriors proved to be too strong for Pingelly at every post.
Better players were Chris Allen, Ryan Hough and Jack Osgood.
In the women’s A-grade competition, Robins snuck in a win against Warriors on Friday night.
Warriors scored first following some sloppy defence by Robins, which only seemed to trigger the Robins team into action with a goal to Jonnelle Zabajnik following soon after.
When Hannah Pomykala scored again for Robins, the score sat at 2-1, which was eventually the final score.
Centre-halves Jodie George (Robins) and Cara Borthwick (Warriors) were voted best on ground.
Meanwhile Wagin continued to flex their muscles in the women’s A-grade competition with a strong 8-0 win over Pingelly.
Emily Holt was again unstoppable with four goals and Alice Lydiate chipped in with two, leaving Wagin the early ladder leaders with two high scoring wins from two games.
In the men’s B-grade competition, Warriors defeated All Blacks 9-0 (better players Creed York, Nick Corner and Harry Rowley), Olympics defeated Wagin White 2-1 (better players Ben Nottle, Ty Cook and Lindsay George), Williams drew with Riffs 1-1 (better players Damian McEllister, Ashley Chadwick and Johnathan Della), and Wagin Black defeated Pingelly 4-0 (better players Brendan Hall, Wade Enright and Ian O’Dea).
In the women’s B-grade competition, Warriors defeated Robins 3-1 (better players Sarah Henessey-Parks, Mel Sprigg and Jo Hayes), Williams defeated Wickepin 5-2 (better players Janet Gowland, Brooke Duff and Renae Barnsby) and Brookton defeated Wagin 3-0 (better players Tracy Wood, Courtney Fulwood and Jen Bickers).