On Friday night evenly matched Margaret River and Wests Year 9-12 boys faced off in Busselton. Wests had more scoring opportunities but strong defence from Archie Currell, Blake Smith and goalkeeper Conor Callow thwarted many of their forward moves.
New player Zane McKee, and Fynn Boylan worked tirelessly, marking their players and causing a great deal of frustration for Wests. The deadlock was finally broken at the 20 minute mark when Wests’ Ben Walmsley found the net. At half time Wests had the lead 1–0.
After the break Margaret River came out determined to get a goal. They had a number of penalty corner opportunities throughout the game but were unable to convert.
Ten minutes into the second, Margaret River scored their only goal from a great passage of play that saw Ben Van-Overdijk pass the ball the Ari Lane, who passed to Oscar Carnevale, who made no mistake in finding the net.
With the scores locked, both teams put in every effort but it was Wests who were successful with a field goal to Howard Griffin with only 7 minutes left.
Umpire’s votes went to goal keeper Callow, Van-Overdijk and Currell. Next week the boys (with help from the girls) will take on Cavaliers.
If you would like to give hockey a go contact Jeanette Smith 0488 066 072 or visit margaretriverhockey.org.au