Saints draw in tight Queechy contest

GNL. The Rocky Cape Tavern Smithton Saints men came from behind to draw with Greater Northern League ladder leaders Queechy Penguins during Saturday’s match in Launceston.

Returning from the Australian Hockey Championships, Keegan Popowski and Eddie Popowski proved how dangerous they are in offence, mounting pressure on their opponents while Jason House was instrumental in the midfield.

Smithton continued to attack in the second term as Queechy began to launch their own offence.

The third quarter began in the worst imaginable fashion for the visitors as the home side took control of the ball and mounted an attack. A high strike forced goalkeeper Dylan Jago to make a spectacular diving save however Queechy were prepared for the rebound and scored as Jago recovered.

The Saints replied less than three minutes later as Joe Coombs converted a penalty stroke.

Queechy returned fire in the final quarter forcing Nigel Kingston, Nathan Johns and Liam McLaren to work hard. Exhaustion was the Saints’ enemy as a defensive penalty corner was converted by the Penguins.

Kade Wooldrage, supported by Callum Somerville, sent the Saints into attack in the dying minutes. Ben Revell sent a pass between the legs of his Queechy opponent to Logan Buckby who secured his first Greater Northern League goal and drew the game.

In the women’s game, the Saints were defeated by five goals by Queechy who sit at third on the ladder.

The Smithton Saints will travel to play the South Launceston Suns this Saturday (July 29).

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