Premiership replays in season opener

Tigers’ Stacey Champion-Williams moves forward as Irishtown’s Gabbi Spinks advances during Circular Head Hockey Association’s first round on Saturday. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

CHHA. Round one of the Circular Head Hockey Association competition began with Tigers defeating Irishtown in both divisions, while Robins trumped Mustangs.

Following the loss of a Division Two side, a combined seven-team roster ensued on Saturday. Despite this change, teams continue to identify as Div Two or Three.

The weekend’s proceedings began with Mustangs Two taking a bye while Mustangs Three met with Robins Three. Robins Three dominated play with Jackie Poke (two), Teri Nichols and Elyse Poke contributing to the side’s 4-0 victory.

In a grand final replay, Div Three sides Tigers and Irishtown took to the turf with the reigning premiers scoring first through Harriet Perry. Sarah Rogers added two more to the tally before half time to see Tigers Three lead 3-0.

Rogers completed her hat trick within the first 15 seconds of the second half, followed nicely by a converted penalty corner from Sarah Kay and goal through Melissa Dodd.

Irishtown Three’s Annabel Dixon found the net for her side’s first goal before Perry responded with Tigers Three’s seventh. Refusing to go down without a fight, Chenoa Enniss slotted a goal for Irishtown Three with four minutes remaining before Tigers Three took the win, 7-2.

In a second grand final replay, Div Two’s Tigers and Irishtown met for a fast paced affair. Settling into a constructive game with accurate passes and impressive passages of play, Tigers Two held the majority of play in offence allowing Connie Perry to strike and score.

Irishtown Two’s Paige Ferguson levelled the scores after the break with a sneaky goal, rallying the side. Bec Burley, Sam Johns and Judy Johns began to repel Tigers Two’s attacks and sling shots into attack.

In her 400th club game, Tigers Two’s Mel Haywood supported by Irene Grey worked tirelessly to reach out to Karlette Perry in the centre.

Irishtown Two’s Alex Mainwaring caused headaches in offence however when possession was lost, Tigers Two’s Melissa Poke settled the score with a converted penalty corner to see the game out, 2-1.

Irishtown Two will take the bye this week, while Irishtown Three and Robins Three meet at 9.30am followed by Tigers Three and Mustangs Three at 11am and Tigers Two and Mustangs Two at 12.30pm.

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