Pre­mier feat in shootout

Geelong Advertiser - - HOCKEY - GE­OFF DAVIE

GEE­LONG won the Vic League 1 women’s hockey ti­tle af­ter a dra­matic shootout win over Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula at the State Hockey Cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Locked at 1-1 at full-time, Gee­long’s goal­keeper Mor­gan Gould proved the hero by sav­ing four-straight Morn­ing­ton at­tempts — played un­der hockey eight-sec­ond shootout for­mat.

Morn­ing­ton took a 1-0 lead af­ter con­vert­ing the open­ing shot of the shootout and Gee­long was un­der pres­sure when it missed its first two at­tempts.

But with Gould keep­ing Morn­ing­ton at bay, Em­ma­line Moore and Emma Hat­ton scored the next two to take a 2-1 lead af­ter four shots. When Gould saved Morn­ing­ton’s fifth shot, Sharks cap­tain Court­ney Pear­son did not need to take the fi­nal shot, with Gee­long claim­ing its first Vic League 1 ti­tle.

Coach Shane Wal­ters was de­lighted with the win in a match Gee­long dom­i­nated de­spite the close score­line.

As it did in its shock semi­fi­nal win over Gee­long, Morn­ing­ton scored first, against the flow, af­ter 19 min­utes.

But Gee­long fought back to level the score when Shan­non Leigh con­verted a penalty cor­ner in the 30th minute.

De­spite again tak­ing con­trol, Gee­long — which drew 14 penalty cor­ners — could not find the back of the net again be­fore full-time.

“It was a credit to our girls,” Wal­ters said.

“Un­like the first time we played them, they didn’t drop their heads. They knew they were still in it and the game was played on our terms for the most part.”

Gee­long’s de­fence stood up, with right back Ta­tiana Rouch a stand­out along with young­ster Gabrielle Sut­ton, while the mid­field was well on top.

Gould’s goal­keep­ing was first-rate and de­spite hav­ing lit­tle work to do in reg­u­lar time, she was mo­bile and ag­gres­sive when it counted in the shootout.

The Gee­long re­serves team lost its grand fi­nal 2-0 to Pow­er­house/St Kilda, which made amends for Gee­long’s up­set semi-fi­nal win.

Hockey Gee­long's women's team af­ter the Vic League 1 grand fi­nal win at the State Hockey Cen­tre.

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