Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Barbarians Get the Royals Treatment

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Barbarians Get the Royals Treatment

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Byline: gary nichols grafton men's hockey

THEIR new playing strip resembles Scottish Premier League soccer side Celtic.

However, Royals did not need a four leaf clover for luck when they defeated a spirited Barbarians side 3-1 in Grafton Men's Hockery A grade action on Saturday.

The opening stanza was played at a frantic pace, with Barbarians dominating most of the play.

Barbarians, enjoying a tremendous weight of possession, eventually found the net through Brad Inmon who received a wonderful reverse stick pass from teammate Troy Urquhart.

Trailing 1-0, Royals stepped up a gear, and with star strikers Matt Lobsey and Rhys Henwood orchestrating their attack, they scored the equaliser from a penalty corner in the 22nd minute.

A direct hit from the top of the circle by Thomas Condie rocketed the ball into the backboard for a 1-all scoreline at the break.

Royals maintained their intensity early in the second half and it took a piece of Matt Lobsey brilliance to put them ahead 2-1.

From an acute angle and under plenty of pressure, Lobsey struck the ball high into the right side of the net.

Although down 2-1 Barbarians sensed they were still in the game and mounted several promising attacking raids.

Troy Urquhart in particular caused havoc in the midfield with damaging runs and skilful stick work.

With fulltime approaching frustration filtered into Barbarians play, causing uncharacteristic errors and frequent turnovers resulting in a yellow card being handed out.

Royals took full advantage and in the dying stages a diving Nick Lane strike whistled passed the goalkeeper to put the game beyond doubt.

The performance of both sides on the night indicated they are a capable of going all the way and are a genuine threat to the more fancied Bears outfit, which remains on top of the competition. …

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