CHHA. Round 18 proved how close the competition is when first and second placed Tigers and Irishtown faced off in a highly contested Division Two clash on Saturday.
With one round remaining before finals, both sides displayed their true forces with well structured, strong hockey.
Irishtown fullback Bec Wells continued her consistent season with a marvellous performance in defence to establish opportunities for the forward line while Tigers’ Karlette Perry dominated in the midfield.
Irishtown was first to impact the scoreboard with a field goal from Donna House in centre forward before Tigers hit back with a goal from the stick of Camilla Woolley shortly after.
In a 1-1 gridlock, both sides’ determination ramped up following the break.
As play was directed to the sidelines, the run of play was halted as both teams entered their attacking 25.
Time wound down and the scoreboard remained frustratingly unchanged to see the top sides finish one goal apiece.
In the second Div Two game, Robins worked Mustangs’ defence overtime continually pressuring fullbacks Ara Popowski and Jess Walters while Cheryl Eatts had to be quick on her toes in goals.
Despite the constant onslaught, Mustangs put up a solid fight to hold Robins off for most of the first half but with seven minutes remaining a lapse in concentration allowed Robins’ Connie Perry to score.
Robins then brought an even more fierce team to the field in the second half, scoring through Ella House in the first five minutes before Julia Gale followed another five minutes later.
Mustangs repelled further attacks for the next 20 minutes but a well worked pocket of play allowed Jenny Poke to slip Robins’ fourth goal on the scoreboard.
Earning a penalty corner in the final minute of the match, Connie Perry sealed the game with seven seconds remaining to see a final score of 5-0.
In the Div Three games, Tigers and Robins both triumphed over their opponents with 7-0 and 6-0 victories over Irishtown and Mustangs respectively.