Saints coach lands pre­lim dou­ble

Geraldton Guardian - - Hockey - Shane Rut­ter

Saints coach Char­lene Wat­ters will be busy this week af­ter her A-grade women’s and men’s teams ad­vanced to this Sat­ur­day’s grand fi­nals.

The Saints A-grade women’s team took on Aus­trals last Fri­day in a game that had Aus­trals start with a more at­tack­ing mind­set.

For the first 10 min­utes, Aus­trals had the ma­jor­ity of at­tack and their young for­ward line kept Olivia Burr and her de­fend­ers busy.

Burr will be a cru­cial el­e­ment for the Saints in this week’s game against the high-scor­ing Car­di­nals team.

Af­ter see­ing off the early at­tacks by Aus­trals, Saints then turned the tide and went on the at­tack.

With scores level at 0-0 at the break, both teams started the sec- ond half look­ing for the lead.

Aus­trals had the bet­ter chance early on, but it was Saints who scored af­ter 16 min­utes.

They took ad­van­tage of a four­player de­fence for a penalty cor­ner to take the lead.

With a grand fi­nal spot in their sights, they main­tained the pres­sure, and Quinn McVee’s di­rect shot from a penalty cor­ner ex­tended the lead.

Aus­trals’ sea­son was on the line and a short cor­ner goal with four min­utes re­main­ing brought the Aus­trals crowd back to life. Saints con­trolled the re­main­ing min­utes to take a 2-1 vic­tory.

In A-re­serve, Saints pro­gressed to the grand fi­nal af­ter a 3-0 win over Car­di­nals. The Saints’ eight penalty cor­ners to Car­di­nals 1 high­lighted that they had the ma­jor­ity of scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

De­spite play­ing in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, Saints will go into the grand fi­nal against Aus­trals as favourites be­cause of their con­sis­tent sea­son.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Saints’ So­phie Wal­lace and Aus­trals’ Hanna Detle­fe­sen.

Aus­trals’ Sue Mundy and Saints’ Annabele Wal­lace bat­tle for the ball.

Aus­trals goal­keeper Di­ran­nie Kirby dives to block a goal at­tempt from Saints’ Belinda Bur­rows.

Aus­trals’ Kate Tonkin and Saints’ Jes­sica Ronin fight hard for pos­ses­sion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.