Tigers dominate

CHHA. Tigers have dominated both divisions during round 16 of the Circular Head Hockey Association season.

Robins and Irishtown began the round’s proceedings at a slow pace as both teams struggled to gain and hold onto possession.

Irishtown slowly began to kick into gear, led by Demi Littlejohn in the forwardline and Georgie Finch in the midfield.

As the green and gold pressed forward, Robins’ Laura Carins and Jackie Poke frustrated Irishtown’s offence as they attempted to penetrate the circle.

Following a series of unsuccessful penalty corners and shots on goal, Irishtown regrouped and changed tactic to move the ball around the circle, securing a goal from the stick of Abbey House.

This was followed by a classy goal from Alex Mainwaring to see Irishtown lead at the conclusion of the first half.

The pace of the game increased in the second half however both sides were unsuccessful in impacting the scoreboard and the game was called in Irishtown’s favour, 2-0.

The second Division Two game saw Tigers dominate in all areas of the field for an uncontested nine goal win.

Maddison Jackson opened scoring 10 minutes into the game, outwitting the opposing goalkeeper to steal the goal. Camilla Woolley put her first of four on the board just a few short minutes later, followed up by a second from Jackson and a second from Woolley before the half time siren.

Despite a four goal advantage, Tigers did not loosen the pressure as Jessie Jackson converted from a penalty corner within five minutes of the second half.

Mustangs’ Melinda Gray and Ali Oates worked tirelessly in defence while Nakore Popowski tried to find opportunities to attack before retreating to assist in defence.

Woolley claimed her third before Melissa Poke stretched the margin to seven goals. Finalising her tally with five minutes of the game remaining, Woolley claimed the eighth goal before Veronica Dodd slipped in a final shot.

In the Division Three games, Tigers defeated Irishtown, 8-0, with Melissa Dodd (four), Gina Jackson, Stacey Champion-Williams, Andy Crole and Keeley Hinds earning the goals before Mustangs forfeited to Irishtown.

Division Three sides will take this weekend off while Division Two play a double header in rounds 17 and 18. Round 17 will be played tomorrow (Friday July 21) when Mustangs and Irishtown meet at 6.30pm before Robins and Tigers follow at 8pm. Round 18 will be played the next day (Saturday July 22) when Mustangs and Robins meet at 9.30am before Tigers and Irishtown at 11am.


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