Bombers off to grand final
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.”