B-men book grand final berth

Benalla Ensign - - Sport -

Be­nalla Hockey Club’s B-men’s side booked a spot in Saturday’s grand final af­ter a tight 4-3 win over Strik­ers.

In their semi-final, Be­nalla’s men took on top-ofthe-lad­der Strik­ers, af­ter nar­rowly los­ing to them last week.

Be­nalla scored first, with a skil­ful as­sist by Dane Hansted, scored by David McIn­tyre.

Great team work be­tween Rob Dean and Evan Dowe re­sulted in McIn­tyre get­ting an­other shortly af­ter.

Strik­ers even­tu­ally con­verted a penalty cor­ner five min­utes be­fore half- time, to make the score 2-1 go­ing into the break.

Be­nalla came out hard in the sec­ond half, with for­wards Alex Dowe, Shaun Find­low, Travis Guerra and Thomas Hill ap­ply­ing pres­sure.

They were re­warded shortly af­ter, mak­ing the score to 3-1 with a goal from Bran­don Trevaskis.

Strik­ers scored quickly, then held ty­ing the game 3-3 three min­utes to go.

Be­nalla pushed for­ward, and were awarded a penalty cor­ner with sec­onds to go.

David McIn­tyre’s again un­til with shot slammed into the back board to seal the win, 4-3.

The win sees the side pro­ceed to the grand final on September 9.

Um­pire’s votes went to Trevaskis, 3, Martin Gil­lies, 2, and McIn­tyre, 1.

Be­nalla’s B-women side could not fol­low suit when play­ing Kyabram-Echuca, los­ing final.

It was a tough game, with Be­nalla play­ing their hard­est against the stronger Echuca.

There were many penalty cor­ners played and de­fended, and Be­nalla was un­lucky to stay score­less.

Mel Gil­lies again cre­ated the play through the cen­tre 3-0 in their semi- field, with Siob­han Hal­li­gan skil­fully con­vert­ing many Echuca runs and Ophe­lia Tevelein putting pres­sure down the side line.

Some stand­out de­fence in­cluded Prue White div­ing to de­flect cer­tain goals, Wil­low Plex sav­ing one on the line in a penalty cor­ner, Rhonda Car­pen­ter and Zoe Grundy’s early tack­les forc­ing many turnovers.

Um­pire best and fairest votes went to Prue White (3), Heidi Perry (2), and Wil­low Plex (1).

The women now play SYC in the pre­lim­i­nary final on Saturday, for a spot in the grand final against Kyabram-Echuca.

In front: Mel Gil­lies halts an in­com­ing ball be­fore Echuca gets a stick to it, with goalie Prue White run­ning out in front of Ophe­lia Tevelein. Pic­ture: S. Sch­nei­der

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