Miner no match for the ‘others’
The “others” have put in a dominant display in a friendly hockey match against Rio Tinto employees, downing the men and women in red by 10 goals.
Nickol Bay Hockey Association hosted a friendly match last Wednesday, with Rio employees taking on everyone else across a full court.
The Association team got off to a fast start through the stick of Jacob Innamorati, with two goals in quick succession starting the game.
Rio Tinto hit back through a set piece, but Steve Cook responded straight away with a charge down the centre off the restart putting the Association back ahead 3-1. Angela Ballantyne added further misery to the Rio side, connecting with Tim Ballantyne’s long range pass for another goal.
From there, Rio Tinto, playing with five on the field against an opposition with six, hit its straps as Trudy Tunstead got the ball rolling with a powerful run down the right wing to steal a goal back.
Paul Montgomery put through two more in quick succession to square the ledger at 4-all before Innamorati put the others one goal ahead at half time.
After flying a drone for the first half, James Howarth slipped on the yellow bib for the Association side and had an immediate impact, scoring straight after the break to steal some momentum back.
Amber Vidotto and Angela Ballantyne added three more to blow the score back out to 9-4, at which stage Howarth swapped sides to give Rio the numbers advantage.
It counted for little however, as Vidotto, Innamorati and Cook dismantled a brittle Rio defence to build a 14-5 total.
The game finished with a comprehensive 16-6 victory, with the final goal coming off a set piece from Mark Saunders.
Jacob Innamorati takes a run down the left wing.
Mark Saunders stabs a pass through the middle.
Tim Ballantyne runs the ball out of defence.