Bumper turnout for as­so­ci­a­tion pipe-opener

Pilbara News - - Sport - Angela Bal­lan­tyne

The Nickol Bay Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion have started their new sea­son in Kar­ratha for 2017.

With two com­pe­ti­tions sched­uled this year, one each in terms two and three, there will be a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the level of com­pe­ti­tion of­fered to hockey play­ers in the re­gion.

Last Wednesday the first pre­sea­son match of the pro-comp was held.

Al­most half of Wednesday night's play­ers were new to the club.

The match started off well for the Pil­bara Or­ange team who made two early breaks.

New mem­ber and in­ter­me­di­ates coach David El­lam worked with Ja­cob In­namorati.

The Kar­ratha Reds found their form halfway through the first half when Steve Cook closed up the cen­tre, pass­ing to Warwick Twelftree and Dave Poz­zari out wide to bring the ball into their at­tack­ing half.

Hugh Twelftree put in a brave ef­fort and held his own at half-back for the Reds.

Or­ange de­fend­ers Craig Boyce, Adam Ri­ley and half back Am­ber Vi­dotto had their work cut out for them keep­ing the ball out of the goal cir­cle

In the end there was no stop­ping the Reds, who won the match 10-5. Pre-sea­son matches con­tinue this Wednesday from 7pm at the Bul­garra Ten­nis Cen­tre. New play­ers are wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact NBHA sec­re­tary Angela Bal­lan­tyne at nickol.bay.hockey@gmail.com.

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