Wests wi­den gap at top

South Western Times - - Sport -

Wests con­tin­ued their barn­storm­ing run to the South West Hockey League fi­nals se­ries with a hard­fought 2-1 win over cham­pi­ons Boy­anup in Bus­sel­ton last Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Of the three men’s matches played, two wins were recorded by bot­tom sides, with As­so­ci­ates de­feat­ing Ex­ies and Col­lie tak­ing care of TownSouth.

There is a tight men’s ma­jor league scrap at the top of the ta­ble be­tween Wests (40 points), Boy­anup (33) and Marist (32).

Fourth-placed TownSouth is 21 points adrift of the top three, with As­so­ci­ates, Col­lie (11) and Ex­ies (10) round­ing out the re­main­ing po­si­tions.

While only three goals were scored in the Bus­sel­ton block­buster, it was still an en­ter­tain­ing af­fair with both goal­keep­ers, Wests’ Hamish Coates and Boy­anup’s Jason Vuletich mak­ing a se­ries of su­perb saves.

Sam Tol­ley and Miles Arm­strong were on tar­get for Wests against Cam Booth’s lone score for the All Blacks.

Brent Dancer, Tom Payne and Coates caught the eye for Wests, while Jack Tosana, Kane Wetherell and Vuletich were best for the All Blacks.

In the As­so­ci­ates-Ex­ies match, Peter Na­gle slot­ted two goals to guide his side to vic­tory, while Col­lie had Jack Wil­son and Gareth Shep­herd­son to thank for their 2-1 win over TownSouth.

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