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Hockey returns to Norm Fox

Tuesday, 18th May, 2010

Local hockey players Brendan Taylor and Cassie McEvoy Local hockey players Brendan Taylor and Cassie McEvoy

Game 1: Orange v Blue

The opening match of the 2010 BH Hockey Season saw the Orange Pharmers take on the blue team. Orange started the game short of numbers, but teams were soon evened up with the late arrival of Magill and Liceralde. Orange received the first short corner of the match, with another following immediately. Unfortunately, Blue’s defence was too strong and Orange missed the opportunity to score on both. McEvoy was sterling in defence for Orange, attacking ball and players relentlessly.

Rosenbaum seemed to be enjoying his return to the hockey field, providing some much needed on field leadership for the Orange team. Taylor, a stand out for the Blue team scored the first goal of the game. Some fabulous keeping from Perry in the goals saved 3 further goal attempts from Blue until Taylor once again proved too strong, scoring the games second goal. The second half saw 2 more short corners for the orange team but once again they were unable to convert. Ashton, a valuable new recruit for the Blue team scored the third and final goal of the game after a great pass from Tyndall inside the circle. Final score - Blue 3, Orange 0.

Game 2: Black v Green

The game opened with an early goal that saw Lenton take a shot at goal that was saved by Searle before S Nolan tapped in the rebound. Some great defence from Mashford managed to stop the flow of black’s game towards the goal circle on many occasions. He was backed up by Jackson with some strong hit outs from the defensive half. The first short corner of the game came early in the second half with black given an opportunity to extend their lead over green - but their attempt was fruitless.

Watching from the sideline proved too hard for Smith and C Robinson who grabbed some gear and joined the green team in the second half. Some great defensive play by S Robinson saved a certain Black goal. Both teams had plenty of opportunity to score in the second half but just couldn’t find the final touch. Final score: Black 1, Green 0. Intermediate hockey This season we will be having three Intermediate hockey teams in the colours of Black, Red and Yellow. Teams will play twice each week. 

We are encouraging teams to arrive half an hour before their game to take up the opportunity to practise their skills with teammates before playing and pad up their goalie in time for hit-off. If games don’t hit off on time, playing time will be reduced. Last Saturday, Black v Yellow was the opening match of the season. In the first half, both Tyson Slater and Cassie McEvoy managed to core, giving Black a handy lead. Tilly Balding made some great traps and hit outs from full-back for the Yellow. 

Tayla-Kate Bock was great in offence, but unfortunately for Yellow (who were a few players down) they were unable to put a score on the board. Black winning 2-0. Black had to back up for their second game, this encounter against Red. The game was played at a fast pace. Bailey Rawle for the Red, kept up the pace and ran for the whole of the match. Despite the run from both teams, neither were able to score. In the second half, the Black were far more aggressive in attack and were able to send Luke Baldwin into attack and score three times throughout the half. Emma Jaensch was ferocious in her tackling for Red. Newcomer HaydenVine held position well for the Red throughout the match. 

Black claiming victory 3-0.

In the final match of the round, it was Yellow v Red. This was a tough encounter and coach of the Red, Oliver Kolinac, commented onthe Red’s great team effort and in particular, the great tackling of Georgina Finlayson. Rebecca Holloway was impressive in her efforts throughout the match, and along with Natalee Gilmour and Alexis Lenton, caught the eye of the umpires when awarding Best and Fairest votes. The Yellow team were keen to play more as a cohesive unit and great team work saw them score three goals throughout the match, 2 in the first half to Alexis Lenton and Leonie Nolan and the sealer came from Kirstie Lenton in the 2nd half. Good team play, especially from Rodney Nolan, helping Yellow take out the match 3-0.

Intermediate awards were received by Bailey Rawle (Red) and Alexis Lenton (Yellow). The draw for Saturday, round two is: 11am, Black v Red; 11.40am,Yellow v Red; 12.15pm, Yellow v Black. MINKEY HOCKEY We are all geared up at Norm Fox for a new season of Primary Hockey. The minkey kids ran Mrs Hogg ragged and were showing off their great hockey skills on Saturday. It’s not too late to join in the fun. Infants children and preschoolers are more than welcome. 
At only $30 for the season with hockey sticks provided, it is a great way to get your child involved in physical activity. It was fantastic to see so many new faces joining the regular minkey crew and parents enjoying the hospitality and fine cuisine from the canteen and basking in the morning sun while watching the future superstars of hockey show off their skills. During the morning, the minkey players dribbled the ball, practiced scoring goals, had a go at dribbling past Mrs Hogg, tackled each other and joined in the ever-popular game of Rob the Nest where Tjarapi, JJ and April were the victors.

The marvellous award winners for the first round were the everenthusiastic Grace Holloway and new, eager recruit with great skills, Jarrah Ashton. In the primary grade, the White team were down a few members due to the Clifton family being away but they still came out firing with plenty of gusto. Cassie and Bec did a great job of coaching the White team and umpiring the game. Dylan Stone has put his hand up to coach the Blue team. Kieren Wall filled in for the White team, while the Blue team had all members accounted for and present. 

It was a tight first half with no goals scored. Aurora Balding for the Blue made the most of her opportunities, intercepting the ball. Bailey Rawle and Jane Badenhorst did a terrific job working together to bring down the ball for Blue. Lachlan Kaye was tremendous in defence, defending the goal line by intercepting many balls and earning him the award for Blue. Chloe Clarke-Hurley for White managed to break through Blue’s defence and score the only goal of the match for White. Sharnie Hann worked hard all game and this earned her the award for White.

It’s still not too late to join in the fun - we would love to see more primary-aged children come down and boost our numbers. Thirty dollars is all you will pay for the 12 week season and hockey sticks are provided. In order to participate each week, children must have their own mouth guard and shin pads. Unfortunately, if you do not have these with you, you will not be able to take the field, as it is a requirement under our insurance policy.

The draw for Saturday, round two is: 10am, Minkey starts; 10am, Blue v White.

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