Coach lifts Marist to ti­tle

South Western Times - - Sport - Ge­orge Goodwin

The age old say­ing “I’ll be a son of a gun” was never more apt than when re­fer­ring to the South West Hockey League men’s grand fi­nal on Satur­day at Bun­bury Hockey Sta­dium, after Marist de­feated Wests 2-1.

Po­lice­man Daniel Sam­pey, son of for­mer Marist cham­pion Steve, ac­cepted a trans­fer to the South West ear­lier this year and im­me­di­ately made his mark as coach to lift the Blues out of a slow start to the grand fi­nal — along with cul­mi­nat­ing a per­sonal stand-out per­for­mance in Marist’s re­gain­ing of the premier­ship.

Sam­pey smashed home a short cor­ner to put the Blues in the lead after just four min­utes and through­out the pul­sat­ing premier­ship en­counter caught the eye with his or­gan­ised play to set his side up on at­tack.

Sam­pey was backed by vet­eran Brett Car­tledge, who re­ceived the best-on-ground medal, pacey Scott medal­list Kee­gan Schoultz and long time skip­per An­drew Blee.

The loss rel­e­gated Wests to an­other sea­son as brides­maids.

It was rapid-fire end-to-end hockey en­ter­tain­ment, cour­tesy of the tight con­trol by ex­pe­ri­enced um­pires Matt Mil­ner and Cameron Bud­field.

Marist dom­i­nated the first half with five penalty cor­ners to one — but Wests’ soli­tary set piece was pounced on by Sam Pike, who whipped in a scin­til­lat­ing drag flick to level the scores at 1-all.

A sec­ond early at­tack­ing raid paid div­i­dends for the Blues with SWHL top goalscorer Alby Lawrence get­ting the last touch to a goal­bound ball from a scram­ble in the cir­cle early in the sec­ond half.

The 2-1 score­line re­mained in­tact in spite of a cou­ple of late penalty cor­ners to Wests — one of which slipped ag­o­nis­ingly close to the post.

De­spite their de­feat, Pike, goalie Hamish Coats, Tom Payne and Brett Dancer all per­formed well for Wests.

The A2 Grade flag was won 2-1 by Marist against Boy­anup witrh Fab Crescenzi best-on-ground and Ex­ies de­feat­ing Har­vey 1-0 in the A3 de­cider with Matt Mort tak­ing out the be­ston-ground medal.

2018 South West Hockey League grand fi­nal re­sults

SWHL Men’s: Marist def Wests 2-1. Best on ground: Brett Car­tledge (Marist) SWHL Women’s: Boy­anup de­feated Robins 3-1. Best on ground: Am­ber Vi­vian (Robins) A2 Men’s:

Marist def Boy­anup 3-2* (golden goal). Best on ground: Fab Crescenzi (Marist) A2 Women’s: Boy­anup de­feated Marist 3-1* (penalty strokes) Best on ground: Lau­ren John­ston (Boy­anup) A3 Men’s: Ex­ies Cubs def Har­vey 1-0. Best on ground: Matt Mort (Ex­ies Cubs) A3 Women’s:

Ex­ies Kit­tens def Ex­ies 3-1. Best on ground: Me­gan Lush (Ex­ies Kit­tens)

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