Thun­der strike early

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

WA Thun­der­sticks pro­gressed to the ‘top 4’ pool with a game to spare at the Aus­tralian Hockey League (AHL) after a 32 win over New South Wales.

In a see-saw af­fair, Craig Boyne was first to strike, giv­ing the Thun­der­sticks an early lead. His goal was can­celled out five min­utes later when Jack Hayes fin­ished off the loose ball on the vol­ley.

Thun­der­sticks penalty cor­ner spe­cial­ist Chris Bau­sor fired a thun­der­bolt of a flick min­utes later past NSW keep- er Berke­ley-John Bru­ton to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

Blake Govers – the younger brother of Kook­aburra Kieran Govers – repli­cated his brother’s prow­ess from the set piece with a well taken cor­ner to level the scores.

It was a tight and even contest through­out the third and fourth term. After re­ceiv­ing the ball from Chris Bau­sor, Ben Ash­ford fired a ter­rific goal to win the game.

Thun­der­sticks coach Nathan Egling­ton said the team showed great com­po­sure against tough op­po­si­tion.

It wasn’t all pos­i­tive news for the Thun­der­sticks, with an in­jury con­cern to Craig Boyne after he was taken out of the game early on.

Look­ing ahead to the fi­nal pool game, Egling­ton noted that it will be another tough test for his Thun­der­sticks.

“Vic­to­ria is play­ing re­ally well, they have a bal­anced team and there’s that threat from penalty cor­ners with Chris Ciriello,” he said.

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