CHHA. Tigers have claimed the first of the Circular Head Hockey Association Grand Final places.
Both the Division Two and Division Three sides earned victories in the Semi Final to secure a clean passage to the premiership match.
Irishtown challenged Tigers in Div Two on Saturday, and as per previous meetings, a close contest ensued.
The game started in a see-saw fashion before Tigers pulled out some polished play, allowing Camilla Woolley to convert after a strong team performance in the circle.
Irishtown was awarded a penalty stroke soon after, which was neatly saved by Tigers’ goalkeeper Jodi Smith with a spectacular tap on the stick.
Irishtown continued to press for offensive opportunities and be awarded a penalty corner ahead of quarter time. Amanda House slotted the ball into the backboard with a well-timed touch to bring the scoreboard to one apiece at the first break.
The even contest continued in the second quarter as Irishtown’s Best and Fairest Georgie Finch and Mel Haywood, of Tigers, prevented many passages of play in their respective defensive zones.
Tigers earned the advantage late in the second quarter when Connie Perry converted a penalty corner, bringing the margin to one goal, 2 to 1.
Teams took to the turf revived after half time when Gina Jackson, of Tigers, began to cause distress for Irishtown with her overlapping abilities.
Abbey House worked tirelessly for Irishtown to be awarded a penalty corner for which Amanda House again converted.
Entering into the last quarter the game was locked at two apiece.
Karlette Perry and Maddison Jackson lifted to create offensive opportunities for Tigers, resulting in a score from the stick of Jackson with minutes remaining.
In the Div Three game that followed later that day, Irishtown and Mustangs fought to remain in finals contention.
In a competitive affair, both sides produced high quality play. Irishtown was well represented by Gabby Spinks, Chenoa Enniss, Millie Gunningham, Jamahlea Horton and Bianca West while Mustangs players Ara Popowski, Tei Popowski, Demmi Popowski, Alice Carson and Leanne Innes-Smith worked for four quarters.
Half time came and passed without a score hitting the board, proving the hard work of each defensive unit.
Mustangs lifted in the third quarter after earning one goal yet the determination of Irishtown did not waiver.
Mustangs added to the tally with minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, ending Irishtown’s season.
In the other Div Three game, Tigers played a dominating game against Robins, running away with an uncontested 10 goal victory.
Melissa Dodd and Sarah Kay both earned hat-tricks throughout the performance while Andy Crole claimed two goals and Keeley Hinds and Jodi Smith finalised the scoring.
In the Circular Head Hockey Association Preliminary Final, Div Three teams Robins and Mustangs will meet this Saturday (August 18) from 10am followed by Div Two sides Irishtown and Robins at 12pm.