UGSHA win back-to-back championship

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - HOCKEY Michael Traill

The Up­per Great South­ern Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion has taken out the CBH State Coun­try Di­vi­sion 1 Championship for the sec­ond year in a row.

The Up­per Great South­ern Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion have taken out the Men’s State Coun­try Di­vi­sion 1 Championship af­ter a dra­matic shootout against Ger­ald­ton. The final shootout tally was 4-2. UGSHA cap­tain Sam Broad was de­lighted with the re­sult and ef­fort of his young side.

“We al­ways know it’s go­ing to be a good con­test against the Ger­ald­ton boys,” he said.

“There’s a hype around Nar­ro­gin af­ter the in­ter­na­tional games and we wanted to come down and back up our rep­u­ta­tion and play well.

“It’s nice to do it for our sup­port­ers and all the peo­ple that come down as well as the coaches that have been coaching for 10 years.”

Ger­ald­ton opened the scor­ing within the first 10 min­utes of the game and went into half-time with a 1-0 lead, de­spite UGSHA dom­i­nat­ing the pos­ses­sion and play.

UGSHA weren’t re­warded un­til the final 10 min­utes of play, when they found the net off the back of an im­pres­sive penalty cor­ner, with Rhett Bal­lard open­ing the scor­ing for the side.

Only three minute later, Kendall Bal­lard found the cor­ner of the goal off an­other UGSHA penalty cor­ner.

How­ever, with time run­ning out and UGSHA look­ing to have done enough to earn the win, Ger­ald­ton’s Matt O’Neil scored a dra­matic late equaliser to force the game to a shootout.

UGSHA scored the first three penalty at­tempts and Sam Broad nailed the final shot to seal the win for UGSHA.

Pic­ture: Robert Moore

UGSHA player chal­leng­ing Ger­ald­ton’s de­fence.

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