Lyn Lucas, Terri Spooner, Jodie Broun, Peta Schorer, Lisa Barr, Jane Pratt, Tracey McMiles, Jo Hayes, Paula Blight, Tanya Hadlow, Kellie Atherton, Sarah Wiese, Annette Quartermaine and Jane Mills of the Upper Great Southern division one masters Country Week team.The CBH Group Women’s Country Championships were held at the Perth Hockey Stadium over the weekend, with the Upper Great Southern (UGS) Hockey Association having three representative teams.
With a fit and fast group, the masters team hit the ground running and strung together some good wins early in the weekend.
It was no surprise that they found themselves in the grand final on Sunday, up against the might of Bunbury.
With the game a draw at the final siren, it came down to flicks and with the likes of Lyn Lucas in goals for UGS, the team knew they were in with a big chance of snatching victory.
The pressure eventually sat on the shoulders of Kellie Atherton (Pingelly), who had the final stroke to win the game.
Some deep breaths and composure saw her sink the goal, gifting UGS the victory. Atherton and Terri Spooner (Wagin) were both selected in the masters All Stars team.
The division one team, ably coached by Bevan George, started the competition off with a one-all draw against East Avon.
Nicki Fleay (Warriors) scored the team’s goal, while Cara Borthwick and Jodie George combined well across the half back line.
The second game also ended in a one-all draw to last year’s grand finalists Geraldton.
UGS scored early off a well-executed short corner, before having to defend the last quarter of the game as Geraldton pushed for the winning goal.
Leah Kellow (Wagin) and goalie Dani Grout (Mighty Ducks) defended brilliantly for the team.
The last round game saw the team up against eventual grand finalists Goldfields, and despite the hard running efforts of Zeta Lancaster (Robins) the team couldn’t find the net and went down 2-0.
This meant the team faced neighbouring rivals Roe in the crossover game.
With goals to Borthwick and Chloe Grout (Mighty Ducks) early in the game and with the game drawn at two-all, a short corner with a minute to go set the scene for some Emily Holt magic.
The crowd was not disappointed, with Holt sneaking the ball past the Roe goalie.
In the final game of the weekend, UGS faced Busselton but were unable to find the spark and eventually lost 2-0.