Tassie in un­der-13 ti­tle hunt

Sunday Tasmanian - - SPORT - ADAM CLIF­FORD

TAS­MA­NIA’S teams re­main un­beaten af­ter day three in both the boys’ and girls’ com­pe­ti­tions at the na­tional un­der -13 hockey cham­pi­onships.

Tas­ma­nia’s girls de­feated ACT 1-0, with a neat penal­ty­corner strike from Emma O’Grady mov­ing them up into fifth po­si­tion on the ta­ble.

Tas­ma­nian coach Nic Duffy iden­ti­fied Giselle Fer­nan­dez, El­lie McDon­ald and Ash DeMarco as her best play­ers in a con­fi­dence-boost­ing win.

“We’re very happy to win that as we dom­i­nated the play, earn­ing plenty of penal­ty­corner at­tack op­por­tu­ni­ties and did not con­cede any de­fen­sively,” Duffy said.

“I was par­tic­u­larly pleased with our fast play and pass­ing work down the right-hand side of the pitch.”

The Tas­ma­nian boys also looked headed for the win­ners’ cir­cle with a late goal to Harry Greg­son cap­ping a dom­i­nant first half for the home side.

But the ACT ral­lied to equalise 12 min­utes from full time in a tale of two halves for Tassie coach Bianca Lang­hamPritchard.

“We are dis­ap­pointed as we didn’t con­vert the many op­por­tu­ni­ties that we cre­ated in the first half,” Lang­hamPritchard said.

“In the sec­ond half, ACT sim­ply came out harder and caught us on the back foot, so there are lessons to be learned there for us.”

Tas­ma­nia’s boys face lad­der leader West Aus­tralia Storm at 2.30pm, while the girls meet South Aus­tralia at 5.45pm.

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