Small pitch of­fers plenty of ac­tion

Pilbara News - - Sport - An­gela Bal­lan­tyne

Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion play­ers were so ex­cited about the works start­ing on our re­tractable net last week that we didn’t mind squeez­ing ev­ery­one onto the small pitch for Wed­nes­day night’s match.

The re­tractable net will dou­ble our play­ing space and bring us just short of a full-sized pitch.

Last Wed­nes­day, Kar­ratha Seagulls and Pil­bara Gi­raffes joined forces, re­nam­ing them­selves the Long-Neck Seagulls, to play the com­bined Kar­ratha Creep­ers and Pil­bara Pythons team or the Creepy Pythons.

With the pitch this crowded, a strong pass­ing game was al­ways go­ing to win the day and Steve Cook, who looked like he had glue on his stick, con­trolled the cen­tre field for the Long-Neck Seagulls, mak­ing it clear from the out­set they were the dom­i­nant team.

Me­gan Gil­lie was also su­perb at left wing, slam­ming the ball into the back of the net a to­tal of five times and caus­ing great frus­tra­tion for op­po­si­tion goalie Nathan Fitzger­ald.

Creepy Pythons cap­tain Alex Walters tried his best to match the com­pe­ti­tion with fast-paced run­ning through the mid­dle, but in the end, it was a huge 11-4 win for the Long-Neck Seagulls.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Steve Cook con­trols the ball.

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