Seag­ulls soar early in win over Gi­raffes

Pilbara News - - Sport - Angela Bal­lan­tyne

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.

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