Bombers off to grand fi­nal

Midwest Times - - SPORT -

Three Springs will face Coorow in the North Mid­lands Women’s Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion grand fi­nal this week­end af­ter a thrilling 5-4 vic­tory over Min­genew in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

The reign­ing pre­miers were put through their paces dur­ing Satur­day’s game in Don­gara, with the score tied at the end of full-time.

It was close right from the out­set, with both sides hav­ing equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to score in the first half.

Min­genew raised the stakes, scor­ing a goal off a de­fender’s stick, which slipped past the goalie.

Af­ter a short break, Three Springs came out fir­ing and kept the pres­sure on, leav­ing the score tied at the fi­nal call.

The match went into over­time but af­ter 71⁄ min­utes each way, nei­ther side had made a score to end the game.

It went on to penalty strokes, but af­ter the first round of five flicks, the score was still tied at 4-4.

The win­ning point fi­nally re­lied on a stroke-for-stroke to net the golden goal. Min­genew were first up, but were quickly de­nied a goal by Katie Mor­ri­son with a left leg save.

Heidi Tay­lor stepped up to shoot for Three Springs, and to their luck she put it away with a hard, low left shot to end the game.

The reign­ing pre­miers will now go on to play Coorow in this Satur­day’s grand fi­nal in Mo­rawa.

Three Springs Hockey Club cap­tain Chris Lane said she was de­lighted with the team’s per­for­mance.

“It felt like, and looked like, a grand fi­nal re­match,” she said.

“What an awe­some ef­fort by the Bomber girls to come back and take this game.

“We were on a high and hop­ing to be back-to-back pre­miers, but games like this can just show how it could go right down to the wire.

“But the girls put in 100 per cent ef­fort and we’re chuffed with the re­sult.

“More than ever, we need our spec­ta­tors and sup­port­ers, so please come along to the grand fi­nal and cheer loudly for the Bombers.”

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