CHHA. Two rounds of the Circular Head Hockey Association season remain following the weekend’s Division Two double header.
Round 17 began proceedings on Friday night when Mustangs and Irishtown met.
As J’Quai Horton and Maddison Poke converted one goal each in the opening minutes, Irishtown secured the lead.
Mustangs soon settled into the pace of the game and structured their defence with Ali Dennison, Melinda Gray and Tei Popowski complementing goalkeeper Jodie Popowski and several of her spectacular saves.
Farrah Henderson and Emerson Wells, of Mustangs, used their speed and skills to slide past their opponents however were matched by the efforts of Melinda Brown, Horton and Poke.
Amanda House secured Irishtown’s third goal prior to half time for a comfortable uncontested margin.
As the game resumed, Mustangs an opportunity to seek revenge however were unable to convert as Irishtown straightened up and began to attack once again with Alex Mainwaring and Abbey House securing a fourth and fifth.
Paige Ferguson finished off the game with two goals for Irishtown to take the seven goal victory.
A fast paced game followed as Robins and Tigers fought for dominance. Converting a penalty corner with a classy deflection, Robins’ Jenny Poke impacted the scoreboard first for her side to earn a slight lead.
Tigers played a long game, sending the ball forward on many occasions however were unable to find the net as goalkeeper Sue Buckby repelled their attempts.
Unable to affect the scoreboard, Tigers adjusted their game to a shorter, sharper pace and were rewarded as Camilla Woolley and Kylie Monson secured goals to steal the lead.
As the game drew to a close, Connie Perry, of Tigers, and Elyse Poke, of Robins, earned best on ground as Tigers won the game, 2-1.
As a new day dawned, round 18 commenced and Mustangs and Robins took to the turf.
Aysha Gray, a promising Mustangs talent, played well alongside fellow best players Melinda Gray, Ali Dennison and Farrah Henderson.
Kate Johnson stood out for Robins, as did Elyse Poke, Sasha Davies and Jenny Poke however the game ultimately ended in a nil all draw.
As the second game ensued, Irishtown were hot on the heels of their previous victory and Maddison Poke scored in the opening five minutes, followed soon after by Abbey House.
As Tigers’ defence tightened so too did their offence as Camilla Woolley, Karlette Perry and Stacey Champion-Williams lunged into attack.
Tigers reduced the margin as Kylie Monson scored in the opening minutes of the second half followed by Sarah Kay shortly after, leading to a nervous few minutes for Irishtown.
Alex Mainwaring stretched the margin slightly for Irishtown as tensions began to boil over.
Both sides struggled to hold possession and the game was played out 3-2 in Irishtown’s favour.
Round 19 will be played this Saturday (July 29) when Division Two sides Robins and Irishtown meet from 9.30am before Tigers and Mustangs take to the field at 11am. In Division Three, Mustangs will host Irishtown from 12.30pm before hosting Tigers at 2pm followed by a Irishtown and Tigers meeting at 3.30pm.