Sticks strike silver
THE WA Thundersticks have come home with silver from the the 2015 Men's Australian Hockey League in Darwin.
THE WA Thundersticks won silver at the 2015 Men’s Australian Hockey League in Darwin, after going down 2-1 to the Queensland Blades in the grand final.
For the Thundersticks, it was the second year in a row they have reached the grand final, but have come off second best.
They held on in the first half and the game was deadlocked at 00 at the major break.
The Thundersticks were dealt a blow when Cale Cramer converted a short corner in the opening minute of the third term to give the Blades the lead.
The Blades moved to double the advantage with a little over two minutes remaining in the third, but WA skipper Kiel Brown was on hand to make a goal-line clearance with the ball up in the air to keep them in the match.
In the final couple of minutes of the third term, Trent Mitton looked to find a leveller up front, but the Blades defence stood firm.
Mitton would help get the breakthrough goal for the Thundersticks when his run along the baseline in the opening minute of the final quarter was the catalyst for the Thundersticks to be awarded a penalty stroke.
Chris Bausor nailed his stroke to the left, levelling the scores.
Cramer would ultimately dent the hopes of the Thundersticks, clinching the AHL championship.
His shot on the reverse with nine minutes remaining proved the difference between the sides.
“They are a really classy team and there were moments where they got on top of us, but there were moments where we had as well,” Thundersticks head coach Jason Butcher said.
“The boys put their heart and soul on the line and that hurts when you come so close, but as I’ve said to them, the sun will come up tomorrow morning, you’ll feel disappointed but you’ll feel good about what you gave out there and how you represented the Thundersticks.”