CHHA. Irishtown and Tigers’ preliminary final was played in perfect conditions on Saturday with Tigers running out comfortable winners.
The game was played at a high level of intensity from the outset with the Tigers’ forward line putting the Irishtown defence under immense pressure. Irishtown’s defence included Bec Wells, Georgie Finch and the ever reliable Joan Reid who protected the net, until Irene Grey slammed home a penalty corner to give Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Soon after the restart, Tigers looked to add to their lead, thanks to some outstanding midfield work from mother-daughter combo Karlette and Connie Perry. Just before halftime, and after a period of end-to-end hockey, Tigers scored off a quick break through Gina Jackson after the ball took a deflection and went high into the net to make the score 2-0.
After halftime, Irishtown came out knowing their season was on the line and began to attack through Kahla Enniss, Katelyn Cramer, Donna Porteus and the Horton sisters. However, they ran into the solid Tigers’ defence of Mel Haywood and best-on-ground Melissa Stokes. Play soon descended into hit-and-hope-hockey with Irishtown trying to get back into the game, but Tigers held on, making it through to the big dance.
Tigers take on Robins in the grand final at 10am on Saturday. Robins go in as favourites, after comfortably winning the second semi and having the week off, but with the Tigers’ Nick Stokes as coach and a good mix of youth and experience, it could go either way.
In the division three preliminary final, Mustangs and Tigers played their game down to the wire going into extra time. Tigers will go up against Robins in the grand final thanks to a beautiful penalty stroke from Melissa Dodd. The game starts at noon.
Friday September 6
Junior final: 5.30pm STON Green v CHCS (3v4)
4.30pm Allstars v SPC (1v2)
Saturday September 7
Division two: 10am Tigers v Robins
Division three: 12pm Robins v Tigers
Monday September 9
Super fours: 6pm Tigers v Mustangs