Margaret River hockey men give Cavaliers a scare

Following a 3-1 win against Capel last weekend, Margaret River continued to show good form with a 4-all draw against Cavaliers, who haven’t been beaten this season.

Margaret River drew first blood ten minutes into the match when Brad Yates picked up a rebound from the Cavs’ goalkeeper off a penalty corner.

The Margaret River team were playing the short, possessive game with effective passing and support of ball carriers and had control of the play, but Cavaliers drew level from a field goal in the last minute of the first half.

The second half saw Margaret River continuing to control the game and when Finn Mueller carried the ball strongly through the centre lanes and passed to Yates in the goal circle, the second goal was scored.

Cavaliers replied almost immediately through a defensive error and the score was locked together at 2-all.

With just ten minutes to go, Michael Jones got a great pass through to Ben Van-Overdijk who goaled to grab back the lead, and when, just two minutes later Jones finished off a strong passage of play coming from Steven Noakes with a field goal, Margaret River looked good with a 4-2 lead going into the last ten minutes of the game.

However, another defensive error allowed Cavaliers to score a field goal to keep them very much in the match, and another field goal to them in the last minute of the game, saw the league leaders salvage a 4-all draw.

So ended a game where Margaret River really showed what they are capable of when they play the short, possessive game.

Things are looking good for a strong ending to the season.

Next week’s match is against Countrys at 4:30pm on Saturday, 24 June in Busselton.