Miner no match for the ‘oth­ers’

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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