Lack of ex­pe­ri­ence hurts Melville City

Melville Times - - Sport -

MELVILLE City Hockey Club’s men stum­bled out of the blocks in their first State League fix­ture of the sea­son, fall­ing 3-0 to Wes­ley South Perth in a 2016 grand fi­nal re­match.

Melville be­gan the game miss­ing eight play­ers from last year’s de­cider and the lack of ex­pe­ri­ence showed, with soft turnovers lead­ing to goals in the first half.

The young team fought hard but were out­classed and coach Rus­sell Lee was dis­ap­pointed af­ter the game.

“We didn’t play the way we wanted to to­day,” he said.

“Credit to WASPs for the pres­sure they ap­plied and for their fin­ish­ing, but we gave the ball back to them too many times and they made us pay. Miss­ing play­ers is no ex­cuse – we just have to play our game and we can beat any­one.”

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