Warriors edge out All Blacks
Warriors have retained their position on top of the UGSHA’s A-grade, holding on to a 2-1 victory in a nailbiting finish against All Blacks last Friday night.
Pressing the All Blacks’ defence hard early into the match, it was Josh O’Brien who converted first for the Warriors.
Dashing past the All Blacks’ defence, O’Brien flicked the ball past the keeper on a tight angle halfway through the half.
Jakeb Reardon then levelled the scores with a clean strike for the All Blacks, bringing the match to 1-all at half-time.
It was a tight tussle to begin the second half. All Blacks wasted plenty of opportunities to score early, but it was Ryan Fleay who set up Shaun McKay beautifully to give the Warriors a 2-1 advantage, which they held until the end of play, despite All Blacks having plenty of chances to level the score.
Olympics had the chance to jump Riffs into second place but went down 2-1 at the end of play.
In the women’s A-grade, top-placed Robins tied with third-placed Wagin 2-all. Warriors now sit only one point behind them in second place.
Warriors had a convincing 5-0 win over bottom-placed Williams.
In the men’s B-grade, ladder leaders Warriors flexed their muscle in a dominant 4-0 display against All Blacks. Wagin won 4-0 against Olympics at home, while Pingelly beat Dumbleyung 3-1. Williams defeated Riffs 3-0.
All Blacks’ David Phillips challenges Warriors’ Shaun McKay in the men’s A-grade. competition.