Giraffes splash way to 6-4 win over Karratha Creepers
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.
Gina Leckie takes a shot.