All Blacks forced to work hard for ti­tle

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

All Blacks pulled off a dra­matic vic­tory over War­riors to claim their first Up­per Great South­ern Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion women’s B-grade ti­tle last Satur­day.

The match was stretched into over­time, after 70 min­utes of play could not sep­a­rate the sides.

All Blacks’ Jorja Young broke the score­board dead­lock in the 22nd minute of the first half.

Back-to-back goals to Emma Hay in the last 10 min­utes of the first half gave War­riors a 2-1 ad­van­tage go­ing into the break.

A War­riors penalty cor­ner early in the sec­ond half could not ex­tend their lead.

But All Blacks cap­i­talised on a penalty cor­ner soon after as Emma Phillips con­verted the op­por­tu­nity, lev­el­ling the score­board.

All Blacks then con­tin­ued to ap­ply a huge amount of pres­sure on War­riors, leav­ing them des­per­ate in de­fence.

With the clock tick­ing down, nei­ther side could find a win­ning score and the game was forced into over­time.

Three min­utes into over­time, All Blacks just missed a dan­ger­ous at­tempt on goal.

How­ever, Jade Perkins quickly found the golden goal to hand her side their first pre­mier­ship since en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in 2013.

War­riors’ Sarah Hen­nessey Parks was named the match’s most valu­able player.

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