Morgin West takes a free hit, watched on by full back Kelly Enright. Jenni Spooner uses her valuable skills to take the ball down the wing into Wagin’s forward line.
AFTER re-entering the competition at the start of the 2011 season, Wagin’s B-grade women’s hockey team notched up its first win when it took on Robins in Wagin on Saturday afternoon.
Having watched the A-grade women beat the Robins A-grade side, the girls were revved up, and this was no more evident than when they scored their first goal early in the first half.
Zali Spencer, showing her skills, took the ball down the right wing, crossing it to Anette Quartermaine in the D.
Drawing out the goalie, Quartermaine then passed across the front of goals to Jen Bickers who slotted the ball into the back of the goal.
Bickers was taken off for a much needed break, with Ylana Bairstow subbing on to the left wing position.
Not to be outdone, Bairstow notched up her own goal shortly after, handing Wagin a 2-0 lead at the half time break.
After some words of encouragement from stand-in coach Amber Ness, the girls took to the field determined to win the match.
Robins started the second half thirsty for a goal and although the back line of Leah Kellow, Kelly Enright and Kerry Enright were in top form, the Robins forward line managed to penetrate Wagin’s defence and the score soon stood at 2-1.
With renewed vigour, the Wagin girls continued to push the ball forward, with centre half Stacey Robinson using her strength to feed the ball on to Jenni Spooner who had great success getting the ball into the circle, but was unfortunate in not being able to convert.
Halfbacks Jane Eliott, Morgin West and Elyse Reid fought hard throughout the game, helping out the full backs and moving the ball into the forward line.
Wagin’s determination was rewarded midway through the second half, when Leah Kellow, getting in on the action in the forward line, shot the ball into the circle where Alix Carter-Regan slotted it into the goal from the right post.
The Wagin girls ran hard all game and were helped out well by the subs on the sideline in Tash Bairstow and Sherene Ninyette, who came on to give the team the fresh legs they needed in the latter stages of both halves.
At the final whistle the score was 3-1 to Wagin and although he was busy delivering his own winning performance at the time, much of the credit for the win can be directed to coach Dwight Kellow, who has helped the girls immensely since taking on the role at the start of the season.
Umpire’s best were Leah Kellow, Anette Quartermaine and Alix Carter-Regan.