Thunder strike early
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.