For­mer West Aus­tralian helps Tassie to ti­tle

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - Mitch East­man

IT was a cruel blow for the WA Thun­der­sticks, los­ing out to Tas­ma­nia 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out in the fi­nal of the Aus­tralian Hockey League.

The game could have gone ei­ther way after the WA Thun­der­sticks had an ex­plo­sive start to the match. Two goals in the first quar­ter put WA in the box seat for a tenth AHL ti­tle. Tas­ma­nia, whose only loss for the tour­na­ment came at the hands of the Thun­der­sticks the day be­fore, re­sponded late on in the piece to pick up their first ever Aus­tralian Hockey League ti­tle.

It was the per­fect start for the Thun­der­sticks, who raced to a two-goal lead after only six min­utes of play. Chris Bau­sor was first to strike when he scored his sixth goal of the tour­na­ment from a short cor­ner.

Trent Mit­ton then dou­bled the Thun­der­sticks’ ad­van­tage four min­utes later with a drag flick sim­i­lar to Bau­sor’s.

The Thun­der­sticks’ full field press was caus­ing prob­lems for the Tas­ma­nian Tigers. They did man­age to with­stand the pres­sure and come the fourth term, were able to find the break­through.

Quick-fire goals early in the fourth quar­ter brought Tas­ma­nia right back into the contest. First, Sam McCam­bridge was able to find the back of the net be­fore Ed­die Ock­enden scored on the re­verse dur­ing a penalty cor­ner vari­a­tion.

Tas­ma­nia’s WA im­port goal­keeper Tris­tan Cle­mons was out­stand­ing through­out the game.

In the sec­ond term, Cle­mons de­nied Mit­ton twice to keep Tas­ma­nia in the contest. The cus­to­dian main­tain­ing that form through­out the shoot-out, with na­tional keeper Tyler Lovell do­ing his best for the Thun­der­sticks.

Even­tu­ally Cle­mons swept away a flick for the ti­tle.

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