CHHA. The fourth round of the Circular Head Hockey Association season began on Saturday where Robins and Tigers met in Division Three.
Laura Korpershoek and Melinda Dwyer of Robins supported the side into offence before turnovers allowed Gina Jackson and Stacey Champion-Williams of Tigers to launch an attack.
Robins’ Dwyer, Nicola Mann and Erin Sommerville converted for the side before Tigers retaliated with two goals from the stick of Melissa Dodd to end the game in the favour of Robins, 3-2.
As round four continued on Monday, Div Two sides Tigers and Irishtown met in a fast paced affair.
After an uncontested six goal victory was awarded to Tigers in the sides’ last meeting, Irishtown were determined to redeem their premiership status however an air of urgency surrounded Irishtown as the side forfeited their solid structure within the opening minutes.
As Tigers entered into attack, Georgie Finch and Judy Johns of the Irishtown backline remained stoic to prevent the opposition from holding attacking possession.
Defensive clearances met the stick of Abbey House who, partnering with Demi Littlejohn and Caicie Keogh, carried possession into attack. Tigers’ goalkeeper Jodi Smith alongside fullbacks Mel Haywood and Irene Grey and halfback Maddison Jackson were undeterred by the Irishtown attack to send the ball into the midfield for Melissa Poke, Camilla Woolley, Veronica Dodd and Frances Archer to utilise.
As the second quarter drew closer to half time, Tigers’ Gina Jackson met the attacking goals to gain the advantage as the third quarter ensued.
Woolley secured a second field goal for Tigers in the third quarter forcing Irishtown to drive into attack. A passage of determined and skilful play by Littlejohn in the midfield led to a conversion from the stick of Tori Horton allowing Irishtown to narrow the margin.
Tigers retaliated in the fourth quarter when Grey met with Irishtown goalkeeper Cheryl Eatts to convert a penalty stroke for the side to claim the 3-1 victory.
In the Div Three game, Mustangs and Irishtown met in an even paced match.
Mustangs Leanne Innes-Smith was solid in defence as Irishtown’s Chloe Horton and Jamahlea Horton stepped up. Bianca West and Nikola Johns supported the Irishtown forwardline while Kassy Amos, Paige Ferguson and Alyce Rennison protected the defence.
Ella House of Mustangs carried the ball with control from the backline to link with Emma Berechree however these attempts were continually shut down by Irishtown goalie Patricia ‘Chicky’ O’Halloran.
Despite a hard fought four quarters, both sides were unable to slip past defence, leaving the game in a nil-all stalemate.
In round five of the Circular Head Hockey Association, Tigers and Robins of Div Two will take to the turf this Saturday (May 5) from 9.30am followed by Tigers and Mustangs of Div Three from 11am. On Monday (May 7), Irishtown and Robins of Div Three will meet at 6.30pm followed by the Div Two sides at 8pm.