Win­ners put on pres­sure to halt run of Rovers

Geraldton Guardian - - Hockey - Shane Rut­ter

Saints sup­port­ers were set­tling in at Mitchell and Brown Sta­dium when their A-grade team took on Rovers.

The pace was quick in the open­ing min­utes, and six min­utes in, the Saints scored af­ter a ball from the right was con­verted.

Rovers had their first penalty cor­ner five min­utes later and a scram­bling de­fence saw off the threat.

Saints’ pres­sure on Rovers play­ers meant they could not run freely and of­ten re­ceived the ball in a sta­tion­ary po­si­tion.

The 1-0 half-time score­line be­came 1-1 five min­utes into the sec­ond half when Ro­nan Croft de­flected a goal.

Saints then failed to con­vert two penalty cor­ners be­fore they re­gained the lead with an­other field goal.

Rovers were awarded a penalty cor­ner af­ter a Jack Hoskins tackle with seven min­utes left. Af­ter that, Saints played a pos­ses­sion game and slowed the match down to ad­vance to the grand fi­nal against Ca­su­als.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week, Aus­trals’ A-re­serve team went to one-on-ones af­ter a 2-2 score­line at full-time against Yacht Club.

Yacht Club scored first in the sec­ond half through the ef­forts of Darcy In­gle. That lead was dou­bled when Yacht Club took ad­van­tage of a nine-man Aus­trals side. Jack Suther­land and Josh Pater­son scored within three min­utes of each other to put Aus­trals back in the game and take the game to the next le-vel.

Aus­trals won af­ter sud­den death one-on-ones were re­quired to de­ter­mine who would play Murchi­son on Sat­ur­day.

Pic­tures: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Rovers’ James Van Niftrik and Saints’ James Kralcher go one-on-one for the ball.

Rovers’ Matthew Brooks de­fends against Saints’ James Kralcher.

Saints’ Matt O’Neill goes up against Rovers’ War­rick Sul­li­van.

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