Tigers move into fi­nal

Benalla Ensign - - Motorsport -

Be­nalla’s men’s hockey side took on Strik­ers in the sec­ond round of fi­nals.

With a place re­main­ing in the grand fi­nal, the Tigers were keen for a win.

Be­nalla fought hard con­trol­ling most of the game, but were un­for­tu­nate with at­tempts at goal.

Strik­ers man­aged one goal in the first half.

The sec­ond half was much the same, but Be­nalla was able to break though from a penalty cor­ner by Martin Gil­lies.

Alex Dowe also hit an­other goal for Be­nalla with four min­utes re­main­ing, a lead the side main­tained un­til the fi­nal whis­tle, with the score 2-1 to Be­nalla.

The side now makes its way grand fi­nal next week.

Um­pire votes went to: Martin Gil­lies (3), David McIn­tyre (2), Alex Dowe (1).

Women

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Be­nalla B-women’s team took on Echuca in Shep­par­ton on Sun­day in an elim­i­na­tion fi­nal.

The team came out strong, know­ing they needed to win to progress to the grand fi­nal.

With a few good runs down the right­hand side, Anna Wain­wright pushed for­ward with tremen­dous skill into the at­tack­ing cir­cle.

How­ever, hav­ing a few play­ers with in­juries, play­ers were thrown into po­si­tions they do not nor­mally play, which seemed to un­set­tle the team.

De­spite the cir­cum­stances, the de­ter­mi­na­tion of Be­nalla’s for­ward line in Cindy Daws, Heidi Perry, Cindy Find­low, Wain­wright, Rhonda Car­pen­ter, Lee Manning, Alex White and Suzanne Wright con­tin­ued.

The women kept push­ing for the break­through into the back of the net, but it was not to be.

Be­nalla’s mid-line did a fan­tas­tic job of de­fend­ing and at­tack­ing with Mel Gil­lies, Sharon Watkins and Rachel Young all push­ing hard to make an im­pact.

Be­nalla’s de­fence was solid with Wil­low Plex and Sally Young cop­ping the brunt of Echuca’s at­tack and do­ing a tremen­dous job.

Be­nalla goalie Prue White did a fan­tas­tic job de­flect­ing many at­tempts by Echuca at goals.

The 0-0 scored forced the match into a penalty shootout.

Watkins, Wain­wright, Find­low, Plex and Gil­lies were Be­nalla’s five play­ers, un­for­tu­nately only Wain­wright and Plex con­verted, with Echuca scor­ing three.

Well done to all play­ers this sea­son and they now look for­ward to sup­port­ing the men next week in the grand fi­nal.

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