War­riors edge out All Blacks

Narrogin Observer - - SPORT - HOCKEY Michael Traill

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.

Pic­ture: Rod­ney John­son

All Blacks’ David Phillips chal­lenges War­riors’ Shaun McKay in the men’s A-grade. com­pe­ti­tion.

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