Gi­raffes splash way to 6-4 win over Kar­ratha Creep­ers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Steve Cook

The Nickol Bay Hockey Club held its pro comp grand fi­nal on Wed­nes­day night in spite of tor­ren­tial rain.

The fi­nal saw the Kar­ratha Gi­raffes take on the Kar­ratha Creep­ers.

With the pitch cov­ered in pud­dles and rain fall­ing, all play­ers knew they were in for an in­ter­est­ing game.

The nor­mally fast-run­ning An­gela Bal­lan­tyne was the first to be stopped by the pud­dles. With the ball sub­merged she could not move for­ward eas­ily.

Paul “Ther­momix” Mont­gomery, who usu­ally bam­boo­zles op­po­si­tion play­ers with his spin­ning moves, also found the pud­dles trou­ble­some.

The Kar­ratha Gi­raffes ad­justed to the con­di­tions bet­ter in the first half and took a 2-0 lead into half-time.

The rain did not let up in the sec­ond half, but both teams were now used to the weather and adapted play­ing styles to suit.

By get­ting back to ba­sics, the Kar­ratha Creep­ers slowly got back into the con­test with goals to Nevin Shake­speare and Tim Bal­lan­tyne.

Mark Saun­ders was dom­i­nant in the mid­dle of the ground for the Gi­raffes and with the help of Mar­tyn Shake­speare, kept the Gi­raffes lead to two goals.

Steve Cook re­sorted to his nor­mal dirty tac­tics and was nearly sent off for us­ing pud­dles to splash the op­po­si­tion play­ers.

Af­ter a wet but en­ter­tain­ing game, the Kar­ratha Gi­raffes were vic­to­ri­ous 6-4.

Tonight's fix­ture will be a so­cial end-of-sea­son game for all play­ers.

The club will be­gin a new sea­son next month af­ter school hol­i­days. To join, call Steve Cook, 9144 4423.

Pic­ture: Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion

Gina Leckie takes a shot.

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