Hero­ics on grand fi­nal day

Warren de­liv­ers on the bell for Roy­als, with two other fi­nals de­cided in over­time

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT GREYHOUNDS - Matthew Elk­er­ton matthew.elk­er­ton@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

HOCKEY: It was a day of last­minute hero­ics in the Grafton Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion grand fi­nals on Satur­day, and none was bet­ter than those of Roy­als third-grade star Shan Warren.

With the Shan Warren fan club in full force on the hill and his face plas­tered on sticks do­ing the rounds, the third grade fill in be­came a hero on Brent Liver­more Field.

With only four sec­onds left on the clock, Warren man­aged to find the back of the net to level the game against Bar­bar­ians and take it into over­time, where Dave Pat­ti­son net­ted his sec­ond to de­liver Roy­als fi­nal glory.

“I was just fill­ing in and com­ing off the bench,” Warren said.

“Luck­ily I was there at the right time; we pushed for­ward and I was lucky to squeeze one into the cor­ner with sec­onds to go.

“We could see they were tir­ing at the end there, so we just re­set for ex­tra time and came out on top of them.

“From hav­ing two blokes in the sin bin at one stage, to win­ning the fi­nal, it was a good come­back.”

But Warren’s was not the only story of last-minute hero­ics at the com­plex.

Sailors Storm led by a staunch ef­fort from goal­keeper Zoe Pritch­ett caused an up­set when it net­ted off a short cor­ner af­ter the fi­nal hooter of ex­tra-time drop-offs.

With penalty strokes loom­ing, Sailors threw ev­ery­thing they had at third- grade op­po­nents Old Stars but it took back-to­back short cor­ners for the wily veter­ans to fi­nally crack.

The women’s sec­ond­grade clash be­tween cham­pi­ons Vil­lage An­gels and Barbs Astrids also went into ex­tra time with penalty strokes the only way to di­vide the two con­tenders.

For GHA pres­i­dent Peter Fysh, who hosted the fi­nals for the first time as head of the as­so­ci­a­tion, it was a per­fect day played out in per­fect con­di­tions.

“I am very happy with how the day played out and it is full credit to ev­ery­body who has chipped in to make it all run smoothly,” Fysh said.

“To the guys from Ro­tary who did the can­teen and

bar­be­cue a mas­sive thank you – our mem­bers have been to sit back and re­lax all day.

“But ev­ery­one, from the

peo­ple be­hind the scenes to the mem­bers who came out and cheered on their teams from the hill, de­serve a mas­sive thank you.”

PHOTOS: MATTHEW ELK­ER­TON

STICK ON STICK: City Bears re­serve grade cap­tain Dave Dart bat­tles for pos­ses­sion from Roy­als young gun in the Grafton Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion re­serve grade grand fi­nal.

PHOTO: SHIRLEYANNE THOMP­SON

LEFT: Ac­tion from the Grafton Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion fourth grade women's grand fi­nal.

ABOVE: Barbs’ Am­ber Sin­clair pushes through a small hole in the McAu­ley de­fence dur­ing the Grafton Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion women's first grade grand fi­nal.

BRICK WALL: Dan Ship­man gets his body be­hind a ball in de­fence dur­ing the premier league grand fi­nal.

RIGHT: A tight tus­sle for the ball dur­ing the women's fifth grade grand fi­nal be­tween Sailors ESPresso and Sailors Daz­zles.

Ac­tion from the women’s third grade grand fi­nal be­tween Old Stars and Sailors Storm.

Ac­tion from the men's third grade grand fi­nal be­tween Roy­als and Barbs.

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