Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tensions High in Hockey Preliminary Finals

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Tensions High in Hockey Preliminary Finals

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Byline: Steph Allen


Preliminary finals played at Kalka Shades on Saturday

A1 men: Southern Suburbs 3 (Nathan Christensen, Ben Snell, Steven Snell) d Frenchville Rovers 1 (Jarrod Bass)

A1 women: Wanderers 1 (Tegan Wheeler) d Frenchville Rovers 1 (Ebonee Moffat); won in extra time

HOCKEY: Tensions were high at Saturday's preliminary hockey finals at Kalka Shades.

Vying for a spot in the grand finals, the men's and women's A1 teams battled it out in what were two of the season's toughest clashes yet.

In the women's, Wanderers and Frenchville Rovers exhausted each other's defensive efforts in a 1-1 match that went well into overtime.

Despite neither team managing to best the other in scoring a final tie-breaker, Wanderers made it through to next weekend's grand final against Southern Suburbs.

Wanderers coach, Clark McKay said the lack of points was down to "missed opportunities".

"It was a pretty even game... a couple of our better players stood up but there were missed opportunities," McKay said.

The game went 20 minutes into overtime, with each team "scrambling defensively".

"The result was disappointing," McKay said.

"I thought we've been the better team all year but they managed to be the strongest team on the paddock. They played well.

"We didn't convert any penalty corners, our key striker didn't quite take advantage of a couple of opportunities.

"But our goalie made key saves that kept us in the game and theirs did too."

McKay said the pressure of preliminary final nerves meant the game did not reflect the capability of either team.

"Neither team played great as a team and there were a few individuals that kept both teams in it," he said.

"We just haven't quite put it together over the last few weeks, we're not clicking, although we're putting the effort in.

"They just need to work on their mental attitude and it's up to the girls to want to execute the game plan we're working on. …

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