Car­di­nals take out ri­vals to claim shield

Geraldton Guardian - - Hockey - Shane Rut­ter

Grand fi­nals in the J10/12 Ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion were de­cided on Wed­nes­day night at Mitchell and Brown Sta­dium.

An even first half saw the Car­di­nals and Aus­trals girls go to the break 1-1 af­ter Aus­trals’ Hanna Deth­lef­sen evened the scores right on the half.

The sec­ond half was a dif­fer­ent story, and at the 21-minute mark Gemma Dix made it 2-1, then 3-1 five min­utes later. The Aus­trals’ de­fence were keep­ing their team in the game with some good work, but two more goals to Car­di­nals within a minute widened the gap.

Lauren New­man made it 5-2 be­fore Car­di­nals’ Kate Crudeli was pre­sented with the shield as the win­ning cap­tain.

The boys’ games be­tween Saints and Aus­trals looked omi­nous for Aus­trals when Levi Quin­ton and Kye McVee both scored early.

Nic Du­plex made it 2-1 to give Aus­trals mo­men­tum into the break. A minute into the sec­ond half, it was 2-2 af­ter a penalty cor­ner con­ver­sion. That left 24 min­utes for ei­ther team to score and claim a vic­tory. De­spite a Saints chance in the dy­ing sec­onds, the re­sult was to be de­cided by one-on-ones. When Aus­trals’ fi­nal at­tempt was saved and Judd McVee scored, it was 5-4 to Saints.

In the Girls’ J7/9 grand fi­nal, Murchi­son had a come-frombe­hind win 3-2 against Aus­trals.

In the Boys’ J7/9 grand fi­nal be­tween Saints and Ca­su­als, both had op­por­tu­ni­ties, but Saints claimed a 2-0 win.

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