All Blacks gear up for fi­nals

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

Com­pe­ti­tion is heat­ing up in the UGSHA, with only one round left be­fore fi­nals for all grades.

All Blacks have kept the fate of their sea­son in their own hands with a crush­ing vic­tory over sec­ond placed Riffs in Men’s A-grade.

David Phillips with four goals, and Jakeb Rear­don, two, led the All Blacks to a 9-0 vic­tory on Satur­day.

Toby Ni­cholas, Tris­tan Lock and Quin­lan Paice all con­verted one goal each for the All Blacks, while Liam Sweeny was also named in the best play­ers for the match.

All Blacks, sit­ting on 19 points, will only have to se­cure a draw next week against Olympics, 16 points, to play fi­nals in 2018 with War­riors and Riffs.

Olympics missed their chance to go even with All Blacks, suf­fer­ing a 2-0 loss against lad­der lead­ers, War­riors, on Fri­day night.

Re­gan Blyth was the match’s sole goal scorer and col­lected the votes along with Nick Cor­ner and Jack Robin­son for the War­riors.

Brad Staphorst, Ja­son Lyne­ham and Nathan Squibb were named as best play­ers for Olympics.

In women’s A-grade, War­riors se­cured a tight 2-1 over Robins.

Tayla Atkins and Chloe Buzza scored for War­riors while Dan­ica Ford was Robins’ sole scorer.

War­riors’ Pippa Bairstow was named best on ground while Robins’ Chloe Blight and Emma Fleay also col­lected votes.

Wa­gin faced Wil­liams on Mon­day, re­sults were not avail­able at time of print. Wa­gin sit seven points clear of Wil­liams in third.

War­riors, Robins and Wa­gin will com­pete in this year’s fi­nal cam­paign in women’s A-grade.

Picture: Rod­ney John­son

War­riors’ Pippa Bairstow takes on Robins’ Chloe Blight and Emma Fleay.

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