Two-season drought broken by young hockey heroes

Friday night the Year 9-12 Boys broke their two-season losing streak by winning their semi-final clash against Cavaliers 4 – 2.

Cavaliers would have come into the game confident of a win after defeating Margaret River 4 - 0 the week before. In the first half both teams had scoring opportunities but were unable to convert.

Cavaliers scored early in the second half from a runaway when Margaret River defenders were caught a little out of position. Margaret River continued to fight with a couple of penalty corner opportunities being pushed wide.

With 5 minutes to go in the game a passage of play from a turnover in defence by Jack Bevan saw Fynn Boylan carry the ball into attack pass the ball off to Conor Callow in the D who made no mistake in slotting the ball into the back of the net.

At full-time with the scores drawn at 1-1 the game went to Penalty Strokes. Each team had 5 shots on goal to determine the winner.

Talented junior goalkeeper Callow, who plays on the field in the Year 9-12 competition, put on the goal keeping pads. His experience in the net saw him concede only one goal, while Archie Currell, Ben Van-Overdijk and Bevan were successful with their penalty strokes for Margaret River.

The Priceline Pharmacy player of the match went to Conor Callow for his great game in attack, scoring the goal during regular time and defending saving 4 out of the 5 strokes.

The boys will play Wests this Friday in the Preliminary Final, and the Year 9-12 girls who lost their semi-final 3-2 to Robins will face Countrys.

In other hockey results, the Margaret River Masters defeated Cougars 4-1 to advance to the Grand Final in two weeks. The Margaret River Masters will be defending their title from last year.

The Year 6-8 Boys lost their semi-final clash (3-1) to Wests on Saturday morning and will now play Cavaliers in the Preliminary Final this week. The season ended for the Senior Women on Saturday losing 3-2 to Wests in a hard fought semi-final.

The Senior Men’s game was another nail biter with Margaret River and Countrys Men, tied 3 all at the full time whistle. Great work in the net by Margaret River goal keeper, Steven Noakes, saw Margaret River win 8-6 after penalty strokes were taken to decide the winner.