Double trouble

Irishtown’s Judy Johns protects the ball in defence as Tigers’ Veronica Dodd looks to manoeuvre the ball away from the sideline in round one of the Circular Head Hockey Association Division Two action on Saturday. Picture: Carolyn Force.

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CHHA. Division Two sides entered round one of the Circular Head Hockey Association on Saturday as Division Three teams took the bye.

With a decrease from four to three teams in Division Two, the league has introduced four quarters to the game alongside Monday evening matches.

In the first contest of the new season, Tigers opted for a double header, meeting with Irishtown then Robins.

A highly contested match, the premiership replay was a chance for the reigning side to solidify their dominance however Tigers turned the tables on Irishtown as a determined and well drilled unit stepped onto the turf.

Irishtown were left to pick up the pieces as Tigers swiftly moved into offence notching two goals in the opening quarter.

Increasing the attacking pressure, Tigers continued to press into Irishtown’s defence in the second quarter as the reigning premiers looked for opportunities to retaliate.

Following the main break, Irishtown began to return pressure on Tigers, as the game moved into a more structured flow however lapses in Irishtown defence continued to hurt the side as Melissa Poke slipped the ball into goal three times.

Camilla Woolley claimed two goals for Tigers alongside a single goal from Veronica Dodd to allow the side to claim an uncontested six goal victory.

In the second clash of the day, Tigers found the motivation to muscle on against Robins as both sides entered the new season with strength.

Robins took advantage of their fatigued opponents pushing from the midfield into attack in the opening minutes. Leah House was a strong support for the side along the halfback, slinging precise balls to Laura Korpershoek in attack. Lara Porteus-Smith and Elyse Poke used their finesse to slither into offence as Tigers prepared for the onslaught.

Despite holding the majority of attacking possession, Robins were pushed back into defence as turnovers were awarded to a relentless Tigers.

Following the main break, Tigers entered the second half with a renewed determination and soon after Melissa Poke converted for the fourth time that day for the side. Woolley claimed her third goal of the day shortly afterwards to provide Tigers with a two goal advantage.

Robins continued to work the ball around the field constructively however the Tigers backline pressed in to shut down any attacking opportunities and claim the 2-0 win.

In round three of the Circular Head Hockey Association, Division Three sides Tigers and Mustangs will meet this Saturday (April 14) from 11am. On Monday April 16, Div Two sides Robins and Irishtown will take to the turf from 6.30pm followed by the Div Three equivalent at 8pm.

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