Der­went masters over the Stu­dents

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - ADAM CLIF­FORD

DER­WENT have re-started their men’s Premier League sea­son with a con­fi­dence boost­ing 5-3 de­feat of Univer­sity.

The win saw them leapfrog the Stu­dents into third po­si­tion and Der­went skip­per Nick Tre­mayne said it will set the stan­dard for the rest of the sea­son.

“We had con­trib­u­tors across ev­ery po­si­tion and af­ter speak­ing about our in­con­sis­tent de­fen­sive ef­forts pre­match, it was great to see us main­tain high stan­dards for all four quar­ters,” Tre­mayne said.

“Dou­gal Mid­dle­ton re­turn­ing to the club gave us some real pres­ence up front, while Vaughn Bowen, An­gus Boul­ton and Lin­den Mc­Carthy were highly in­flu­en­tial and lifted the guys around them.

“We were keen to re­spond af­ter drop­ping points to Uni in round five and we saw what this young group is ca­pa­ble of.”

The match was turned on its head af­ter be­ing locked 3-3 at three-quar­ter time when Mid­dle­ton nailed a penalty stroke and then Univer­sity was re­duced to 10 men af­ter Joshua Brooks was carded in the fi­nal six min­utes.

Der­went’s Boul­ton re­turned to the goal scor­ers list with two, in­clud­ing an ex­cep­tional re­verse stick fin­ish to seal the points.

Ear­lier, the Strik­ers led 3-1 af­ter Alex Pankiw and Sam Grice added to Boul­ton’s opener only to see Univer­sity level it through Ben Read, Paul Ancher and Fer­gal Con­nolly.

Lad­der lead­ers OHA and sec­ond-placed North-West Grad­u­ates had com­fort­able wins against Di­a­mond­Backs and Can­ter­bury re­spec­tively.

The Ships over­came a slow start to de­feat Di­a­mond­Backs 5-1 with Sam McCam­bridge’s hat-trick shoot­ing him to the top of the scor­ing charts.

Grad­u­ates downed the Lions 6-1 with Jai Walker-Kidd net­ting a hat-trick, while Mar­cus Richard­son, Ge­orge Wilkinson and Olly Arnold also scored.

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