Soccer finals set
Wednesday, 5th September, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
The soccer finals are now decided and West have booked their spot in the A Grade grand final following a big win over Celtic on Sunday.
Entering the penultimate round of the 2018 season, West Panthers held a one-point lead over the Celtic Cougars on the A Grade ladder and a Jordan Cox masterclass saw them sew up the minor premiership with a game still to play.
Cox, who had earlier in the day scored two goals in West’s B Grade win over Celtic, slammed home six goals in the A Grade game. Madden Paul scored the other goal in the 7-1 win with Paul having won the AFLBH League grand final with South just the day prior.
Celtic’s lone goal came from young gun Kingsley McIntyre providing a bright spot in an otherwise poor outing from the Cougars who have not tasted victory since round nine.
While that result put an end to Celtic’s minor premiership hopes, the second A Grade fixture on Sunday spelled the end of Alma’s finals chances for 2018 as they went down to St Joes four-nil.
Trailing the Joeys by three points on the ladder, the Goats needed a win or at the very least a draw to keep their season alive but it wasn’t to be as Jon Carrett, David O’Mally, Matt Muscat and Steve Grillett all found the back of the net.
The win books a preliminary final spot for St Joes against Celtic with the winner to face West in the decider. St Joes finished on top last season only to lose to West in the grand final and will no doubt be keen to reverse that outcome this year.
Nothing could separate St Joes and Alma in their women’s clash on Sunday with the teams locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Alma’s Lakisha Sloane and Stephanie Halpin of St Joes were the respective goal scorers. The West women picked up full points due to Celtic’s forfeit.
In B Grade, West were too good for Celtic 2-0 with both goals scored by Jordan Cox who would end up with a lazy eight goals for the day. In the other B Grade clash, Mason Jones scored a double as Alma defeated St Joes 3-1.
This Sunday is the last regular season round of Broken Hill soccer before finals begin on Sunday, September 16 and the grand finals on Saturday, September 22.
With the finals all set in A Grade, B Grade and women’s, next weekend will likely see teams trying to iron out any kinks before finals while pride is on the line for the sides out of the running.
St Joes take on Celtic in a preview of the A Grade prelim final while West are up against Alma.
West 7 (Jordan Cox 6, Madden Paul) def Celtic 1 (Kingsley McIntyre)
St Joes 4 (Jon Carrett, David O’Mally, Matt Muscat, Steve Grillett) def Alma 0
Alma 1 (Lakisha Sloane) drew St Joes 1 (Stephanie Halpin)
West def Celtic (forfeit)
West 2 (Jordan Cox 2) def Celtic 0
Alma 3 (Mason Jones 2, Jason Crowe) def St Joes 1 (Shane Kegal)