Let the finals begin
Monday, 10th September, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Broken Hill soccer’s regular season is done and dusted following round 15 yesterday with St Joes taking winning form into the finals.
St Joes faced an understrength Celtic outfit in the first A Grade match of the day and handled them without much trouble.
Celtic were without a number of first choice players including Hamish Inglis, Dave Hassard, Anthony Berg and Greg Ross either through injury or other commitments. Their job was made even tougher as veteran Jamie Passlow was forced from the field early with injury, leaving the Cougars with only 10 men.
St Joes took full advantage of the extra man with Jon Carrett scoring with a header from a corner kick and David O’Mally making no mistake from the penalty spot shortly after. Steve Grillett and Matt Muscat also hit the scoreboard for St Joes.
Dylan Millsteed added a goal for the Cougars as the game finished 4-1.
The Joeys had a number of strong contributors all over the pitch including Rob James in the midfield, Jake Picton down back and Muscat who always looked dangerous in attack.
For Celtic, Kingsley and Harry McIntyre tried hard, as did Ross Casey and defender Jared Stuart.
Later in the day Alma picked up a win to finish their season on a high.
Already out of the finals race, the Alma Goats proved too strong for the ladder-leading West Panthers 4-3.
Bailey Stubing scored a double with Codey Ralph and Samuel Harrap also scoring for Alma while Tim Symonds, Jordan Cox and Chris West all scored one goal apiece for the Panthers.
The result didn’t affect the finals with West already guaranteed top spot and will go straight through to the grand final, looking for their third A Grade premiership in a row. They’ll face the winner of Celtic and St Joes who play off in the prelim final next weekend.
West picked up a confidence boosting 4-2 win over Alma in the women’s competition with Rebecca Deer the star. She kicked all four of West’s goals while Bronte Johns and Emma Reeves were Alma’s goal scorers.
West’s win gives them second spot but that matters little with the sides to meet in next weekend’s prelim final. The winner of that match will take on St Joes in the grand final who finished their regular season with an easy 6-0 win over Celtic.
In B Grade, Celtic picked up a heavy five-nil win over St Joes while nothing could split West and Alma as they finished 4-4, Matt Ali scoring a hat-trick for the Panthers.