Seag­ulls sur­vive to play grand fi­nal

Pilbara News - - Sport - Alex Wal­ter

The fi­nal game of the pro-comp reg­u­lar sea­son last week saw the Seag­ulls and the Gi­raffes battle it out for a place in the grand fi­nal.

It was also Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion’s first op­por­tu­nity to play on a big­ger field, af­ter a re­tractable net was in­stalled at the Bul­garra ten­nis courts re­cently.

The big­ger field re­ally opened up the game, and Seag­ulls’ Ta­nia Un­der­wood for one took ad­van­tage of the ex­tra space.

She bolted down the left wing and scored an early goal in the open­ing min­utes.

Two more goals to Seag­ull’s Ni­cole Robin­son and Nevin Shake­speare had the Gi­raffes floun­der­ing be­fore Gina Leckie man­aged to snatch one back for her side just be­fore half-time.

Some in­spi­ra­tional words from Giraffe’s cap­tain Steve Cook to his team dur­ing the break re­ally got them go­ing, and in the sec­ond half the Gi­raffes played a much stronger and more at­tack­ing game.

A goal to Mark Saun­ders through heavy traffic and an­other to Trudi Tun­stead straight af­ter had the game tied with 10 min­utes to go and the Giraffe’s spot in the fi­nals looked promis­ing.

The Seag­ulls man­aged to weather the storm, how­ever, thanks in part to some des­per­ate de­fend­ing by Dy­lan North on the goal line, and held on for a 3-3 draw at full-time.

The grand fi­nal will be played on Wed­nes­day, June 22 at 6.30pm at the Bul­garra ten­nis courts, fol­lowed by pre­sen­ta­tions and a pro-comp wind-up.

All play­ers in the com­pe­ti­tion and spec­ta­tors are most wel­come.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Gi­raffes' cap­tain Steve Cook goes for­ward un­der pres­sure from Alex Wal­ter.

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