Mansfield Courier

Hockey players glad to be out of lockdown

- By BEC LITTLER, Lee Manning and SHELLY ADAMS

IT was fantastic news that regional Victoria would end lockdown early so training could be held on Thursday in preparatio­n for the return of GVHA Round 14.

JUNIORS:

Under 12 Benalla:

The Under-12s continue to improve, this week showing some of the best passing and perseveran­ce in the goal circle this year.

Playing top team SYC, the defence was critical early on, with Jack Chittick making a fantastic block and turnover.

New goalie Erin Jenkins got a workout, saving multiple attempts and some hard hits on goal.

As the game progressed, Benalla’s confidence to fight for a goal increased.

Full back Jacinta Woodward made good hits in, and Callum Thompson carried the ball through the centre.

Angus Woodward used his stick skills to dodge the opposition, and passed well to Hadassah Adams positioned perfectly on the wing.

Liam Carroll weaved across the field, with strong passes to Jack Hurley who took the ball towards the circle.

The team scored from a penalty corner with Angus passing to Zac Fennell who’s big hit rebounded off the goalie but then he scored off his second attempt.

The Tigers were unlucky not to score further goals, losing 6:1.

They will use the experience in their run towards semi-finals.

Under 14:

Angus Woodward had a great run on the wing for Strikers in their 10:Nil win against Goulburn Valley Grammar School.

He contribute­d to multiple penalty corners and the very fast-paced game, earning an umpire best and fairest vote.

SYC/Benalla had the Bye.

Under 17 Mooroopna/Benalla:

The Mooroopna/Benalla team travelled to Echuca.

They fought hard and defended well but went down 3-0 to home-team Echuca. Charlie Grimwade really held the team up in defence as fullback, and Sarah Farley made many turnovers as right halfback.

Sophie Morton provided speed and great options on the wing.

SENIORS:

B Women:

Even with the stop-start season, the Benalla B Women seem to grow more confident, cohesive and stronger as a team each week, and Saturday was no exception.

It was a fast-paced game with plenty of attacking in both the forward line and in defence against SYC, resulting in a nil-all draw.

Heidi Perry and Alex White surprised the SYC defence by having multiple early attempts at goal.

SYC were able to charge forward, however, the ball was turned over in the midfield by Sally Moore and Lee Manning passing the ball forward to Eloise McDonald, Sophie Morton and Amber Armstrong all finding some fantastic spaces into the goal circle.

In the third quarter the backline came under pressure as the SYC forwards were finally getting the ball into their circle. Bree Harris and Bec Littler made some fantastic tackles, taking the ball straight off the attackers’ sticks and feeding through to the midfielder­s.

Forwards Nikki Theodossi, Sarah Farley and Christy Christie provided plenty of pace up the field.

Goalie Prue White kept her cool with a flurry of attempted shots on goal in a matter of minutes towards the end of the quarter.

It was a sign of good sportsmans­hip after the final whistle that the two teams came together to both remark about the skills, determinat­ion, effort and friendline­ss of the game and that the score did not accurately reflect the effort both teams displayed.

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