CHHA. In round eight of the Circular Head Hockey Association, Division Two teams Robins and Irishtown met in a hard fought match.
The Robins defensive outfit of goalkeeper Jenny Poke and fullbacks Leah House and Laura Carins frustrated Irishtown as multiple penalty corners were denied a conversion.
Jess Wyllie and Laura Korpershoek provided strength in the midfield allowing Elyse Poke and Nic Mann opportunities to attack.
Georgie Finch, of Irishtown, played with poise in defence as Demi Littlejohn and Sam Johns added drive to the forwardline.
As the game entered the third quarter, Irishtown broke the stalemate with a score from the stick of Abbey House to hold out the final quarter for the victory.
In Division Three proceedings, Tigers dominated against Mustangs to win with an uncontested nine goal haul.
Melissa Dodd and Sarah Kay notched seven of the nine goals alongside one each from Sara Rogers and Jodi Smith while Stacey Champion-Williams was recognised for creating attacking opportunities for Tigers.
For Mustangs, Ella House played a strong game in the midfield to relieve the pressure from fullbacks Ara Popowski and Tei Popowski who worked relentlessly under the continuous offensive opposition onslaught. Demmi Popowski also received praise for her fierce performance, attempting to create attacking opportunities alongside teammates Alice Carson, Lucy Carson, Cassie Casey and Montana Casey.
In the second game, Robins and Irishtown met in an even matched affair.
Irishtown continue to find fine form, working as a team to set up moments of attack while strengthening defensive tactics.
Goalkeeper Judy Johns stood out with several spectacular saves in front of goals, supported by Kassy Amos, Tenali Horton and Nikola Johns.
Katelyn Cramer, Millie Gunningham and Bianca West provided the team with drive as Jamahlea Horton and Chloe Horton utilised space in offence. Gabby Spinks earned a best players’ performance assisting teammates while also standing out with individual passages of play.
For Robins, the ever-reliable experience of Christine Spinks, Jenny Poke and Jackie Poke assisted the side throughout the contest as Teri Nicholls and Lara Porteus-Smith provided strength in the midfield and into offence.
Young players Maddison Charles and Clare Wright impressed with stellar starring roles, linking with strikers to move the ball along the length of the field and allowing the side to establish a one goal lead by half time.
Robins continued to build on this momentum in the second half of the game as Irishtown began to set a structured game. Lapses in this structure allowed Robins to convert a second time, igniting a fire in their opponents.
Irishtown lifted when an attacking opportunity presented for Chenoa Enniss, resulting in a spectacular goal, finishing the game 2-1.
In round nine of the Circular Head Hockey Association, Div Three teams Mustangs and Robins will take to the turf this Saturday (June 2) at 11am. On Monday (June 4), Div Two teams Robins and Tigers will play at 6.30pm followed by Tigers and Irishtown in Div Three at 8pm.