Robins eye end to long drought

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As the sprint for women’s South West Hockey League fin­ish line heats up, the league’s in­au­gu­ral women’s cham­pi­ons Bus­sel­ton Robins are mak­ing a con­certed ef­fort to end their 17-sea­son drought.

The Robins reg­u­larly fin­ish their sea­son in the top four, but this year there is an aura of de­ter­mi­na­tion as they headed into the fi­nals with a mam­moth 8-0 white­wash of Town South in Bus­sel­ton on Sun­day.

Warm­ing to their task with a com­fort­able 2-0 lead at the half-time break, the home side swooped on Town South with a six-goal sec­ond half.

For­mer Clas­sic League player and star mid­fielder Penne Yorke, He­len O’Neill, D’ Arne Wilde, Tiff Jecks and Brooke Wil­liamson were all in scin­til­lat­ing form for the Robins in a bril­liant sec­ond-half show­ing.

O’Neill, Sailer Townsend and Yorke all scored two goals with Jor­danna Baynon and Re­nay Per­rott one each.

Col­lie put up a cred­i­ble fight against Marist on Satur­day, re­strict­ing the Blues to a nar­row 1-0 win with Lisa Blee on tar­get.

With Boy­anup en­trenched as mi­nor pre­miers

— and five points sep­a­rat­ing Marist and Robins with six points still up for grabs — the path for a top-two fin­ish is still clear for sev­eral sides.

The big game this week­end is the an­tic­i­pated shootout be­tween Boy­anup and Robins to­mor­row night.

Marist take on Town South and Ex­ies and Capel cross swords.

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