Hockey reaches heights

Irishtown’s Tenali Horton narrows in on Tigers’ Kylie Monson during Circular Head Hockey Association Division Three proceedings on Monday. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

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CHHA. As Circular Head Hockey Association eases into the end of the season, Division Two’s Tigers and Irishtown demonstrated a strong and stubborn contest.

Both teams came out firing into the first term, moving the ball from backline to backline.

Irishtown put the first score on the board when Georgie Finch broke out of defence to send a long ball to Sam Johns who passed a well-timed and weighted ball to Amanda House, to deflect a back-stick goal past the keeper in time for the quarter-time siren.

The second quarter witnessed another period of paced play. Tigers’ Maddison Jackson worked hard in the midfield, preventing the Irishtown offence from slipping past.

After a determined patch of play in Tigers’ circle Camilla Woolley was awarded a goal to take the score to one apiece at the main break.

A change to Tigers’ line up in the second half moved Connie Perry into the forwardline, resulting in a lift in intensity from both sides.

Demi Littlejohn worked tirelessly for Irishtown, securing the side’s second goal after a lapse in concentration by the opposing defence allowed Littlejohn to travel into the circle uncontested.

With the minutes ticking by in the final quarter Karlette Perry stormed across the field causing havoc for Irishtown.

After being awarded a free hit outside the offensive circle, Connie Perry used the play-on rule to her advantage to travel five metres before entering the circle to drive a hard hit past the keeper and level the scoreline, 2-2.

In the Div Three match between Mustangs and Robins, Ara Popowski and Jackie Poke notched one goal for their respective sides in the drawn game. The goal scorers were supported by Mustangs’ Ella House, Demmi Popowski and Joanie Coker and Robins’ Sari Lehmann, Sue Buckby and Thalia Ling.

In the other game, Irishtown worked hard to hold Tigers to one goal until the third quarter when Gabby Spinks levelled the score.

Tigers’ Sarah Kay claimed her second goal of the match shortly after followed by one from Melissa Dodd in the final quarter for the win, 3-1.

In the final round of the Circular Head Hockey Association season, Div Three teams Irishtown and Mustangs will play this Saturday (August 4) from 11am and Robins and Tigers will play on Monday (August 6) from 6.30pm. Div Two teams Irishtown and Robins will follow at 8pm.

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