Seagulls survive to play grand final
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.
Giraffes' captain Steve Cook goes forward under pressure from Alex Walter.