Hockey finals heat up

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Rodney John­son

Up­per Great South­ern Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion heads into pre­lim­i­nary finals this week after some closely fought semi­fi­nals last week­end.

Spec­ta­tors were given four great games of hockey to watch on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Brook­ton de­feated Wa­gin 2-1 in the Ed­wards Holden women’s B-grade first semi­fi­nal.

In a game that Wa­gin had con­trol of early with the first goal, the game was set­tled by a win­ning goal scored late in the sec­ond half.

Brook­ton ap­plied the pres­sure and were able to score a goal, then with min­utes left in the sec­ond half, they were able to score the win­ning goal.

The women’s B-grade sec­ond semi­fi­nal showed a good bat­tle be­tween War­riors and Wick­epin, but it was War­riors who came out on top, 2-0 .

The men’s B-grade first semi­fi­nal fea­tured a close bat­tle be­tween Dum­b­leyung and All Blacks in which both teams had some great pas­sages of play and it was one of these that got the first goal on the board for All Blacks late in the first half.

The sec­ond half saw Dum­b­leyung try to find the equaliser but it was All Blacks who scored and held on to the lead un­til the fi­nal siren. All Blacks won 2-0. The men’s B-grade sec­ond semi­fi­nal saw two tough teams do bat­tle in Wa­gin and War­riors.

On pa­per, this game was go­ing to a great hard-fought game and it did not let the spec­ta­tors down.

Both teams played great hockey with many goals scored through­out the game, which Wa­gin won 4-3.

The pre­lim­i­nary finals will be held this week with the ju­niors tonight, Sport­spower A-grade finals to­mor­row night and Ed­wards Holden B-grade finals on Satur­day.

This will then be fol­lowed by the UGSHA annual pre­sen­ta­tion night at the town hall.

War­riors’ Jo West runs the ball out of de­fence with Wick­epin’s Stacey Hal­stead ap­ply­ing pres­sure in Ed­wards Holden women’s B-grade ac­tion.

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