Heavy­weights lock horns in fi­nal re­match

NT News - - SPORT - JOSH SPASARO

THE long-awaited grand fi­nal re­match between Easts and the Night­cliff Uni­ver­sity Tigers has fi­nally ar­rived in Dar­win men’s A-grade hockey.

Easts were heart­bro­ken af­ter their 2-1 loss in the 2016 de­cider, af­ter the Tigers’ Jaidan McGre­gor scored the golden goal with 81 sec­onds left in dou­ble ex­tra-time.

But Easts play­ing-coach Jamie Hul­lick has not lost any sleep be­fore both teams clash again at Mar­rara tonight.

“This match will be a good mea­sur­ing stick for where we’re at, but I’m not fussed about the re­sult,” Hul­lick said.

Easts lost the ex­pe­ri­ence of for­mer play­ing-coach Sam Clifton, Michael Quan and Alex Kil­burn be­fore this year. But they have notched up wins against Banks, Com­merce Pints and Waratahs, the last two be­ing big 13-0 and 7-0 wins re­spec­tively. They also drew 4-4 with St Mary’s.

“We’ve had a few outs from last year, so it’s a pretty new team,” Hul­lick said. “But our young guys are step­ping up and reach­ing the same stan­dards of last year.”

The Tigers have not lost a match from their four games.

Banks v Com­merce Pints (this after­noon) and St Mary’s v Waratahs (to­mor­row night) are the other top-grade men’s matches.

There will also be a block­buster in women’s A-grade when Waratahs (first) take on St Mary’s (sec­ond) to­mor­row night.

Banks v Com­merce Pints and Easts v Tigers are also tonight.

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