Red Lion bites back in style
HOCKEY: Red Lion returned to winning form in style, scoring six of the best in the Toowoomba Hockey A1 competition.
The defending premiers were at their best in a 6-0 defeat of Rangeville at Clyde Park.
Coach Scott Downs said it was a major improvement from a first-up draw with Past High.
“We kind of had a little stumble at the first hurdle,” Downs said.
“(Against Rangeville) we did the things we wanted to do, and I’m much happier with how things turned out.
“We were a bit scattered after the Club Glenvale Challenge, and it was a bit tough to get back into club hockey.
“Against Past High, we had 27 circle penetrations for four goals, and they had five for four goals.
“They took their chances and we didn’t do enough in defence.
“That was the most pleasing area of the win. Rangeville only had three circle penetrations and didn’t score.”
Bradley Hobday scored a double as five Red Lion players scored.
One goal was enough for the Norths men to get their season off to a winning start.
Liam Brown slotted home a penalty corner in the 20th minute of play.
Red Lion completed a sweep of their fixtures with Rangeville, recording a 3-1 victory in the A1 women’s division.
Rachel Macready struck twice in the 22nd and 39th minute to give Red Lion a handy advantage.
Aleisha Neumann hit back to keep Rangeville within a goal heading into the final quarter, before Macready’s third sealed the deal.
Past High moved to outright top spot after a last gasp win over Norths.
Goals proved hard to come by in a tight tussle, before Monique Thomas’ 70th minute goal proved the difference.