Gi­raffes keep Gulls grounded

Pilbara News - - Sport - An­gela Bal­lan­tyne

Last week's match was a clash of the big boys of Kar­ratha hockey.

A fast-paced, hard-fought match left a few patches of skin on the pitch and and there were a few tum­bles over dis­puted own­er­ship of the ball.

Mark Saun­ders re­turned for his first match since the Pro Comp and Oli McAl­lis­ter played his first match this year.

New­comer Jeff Grasby played his first game in the Pil­bara. The Pil­bara Gi­raffes were the dom­i­nant team for most of Wed­nes­day's match. Steve Cook con­trolled most of the cen­tre play and was sup­ported by McAl­lis­ter and Marty Shake­speare, and scored 10 times in the first half alone.

Tim Bal­lan­tyne, play­ing for the Kar­ratha Seag­ulls, is one of the few play­ers able to take on Cook and when he did, Grasby and Saun­ders were ready to work the quick break­aways and score some goals for the Seag­ulls who picked up in the se­cond half but not quite enough to catch up.

The fi­nal score was 16-9.

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