Seagulls soar early in win over Giraffes
The City of Karratha sporting group of the year 2016 winners lived up to their reputation last Wednesday with Pilbara Giraffes and Karratha Seagulls fighting for the right to claim dominance in Pilbara hockey.
Another new player joined us on the pitch, Warren Day, who played brilliantly at half-back for the Giraffes.
The Seagulls opened with an onslaught, using the speed and youthful enthusiasm of Sophie Sparks and Jacob Innamorati, back and still fit after his 18th birthday celebrations the week before.
With Sparks at left wing and Amber Vidotto running down the right, the Seagulls started off with their first four goals unanswered.
Gina Leckie had an amazing game at full-back for the Seagulls and the Giraffes just struggled to get it past her awesome trap and speed in getting the ball back down to her offensive half.
It was a warm, still night that seemed to sap the energy from the Giraffes, who needed to work on their passing game to get the ball around the long reach of the opposition.
The Giraffes finally found success with a couple of lucky deflections from Trudi Tunstead and Giselle Degebrogt, and Paul Montgomery surprised the opposition with a brilliant run down the middle from his centre pass to slot another one, but it was too little, too late.
Seagulls defeated Giraffes, 7-4.