MAFFRA’S streak of consecutive East Gippsland Hockey Association women’s premiership was cut at four after Swan Reach won the grand final at the Cameron Sports Complex on Saturday.
Facing a Swan Reach team which finished the home-and-away season in third place, minor premier Maffra entered the grand final as favourite. But grand finals are different games.Statistics don’t tell the whole story and so it was on this day.
Swan Reach began the game in attack and recorded two goals in quick succession, stunning Maffra with its speed and skill early on.
Maffra recovered slowly and gradually picked up momentum. The Maffra side had the majority of the play towards the end of the first half, but was unable to score.
Maffra began the second half much better and, in a complete reversal, was able to score two quick goals through Kate Steinman and Caitlyn Frisina to even the score inside the first 10 minutes.
Swan Reach goaled midway through the second half to regain the lead. Maffra pressed hard for the rest of the game but was unlucky not to score as Swan Reach was able to break Maffra’s deadlock on the women’s flag.
Shana Snell scored two goals and Back Corben one for Swan Reach.
Katie Tong, Lisa Pruscino and Corben were Swan Reach’s best players, while Steinman, Jo O’Doherty and Sharon Mogridge were Maffra’s best.
NAGLE recorded its first men’s premiership since rejoining the EGHA, defeating Orbost 3-1.The minor premier began faster with Orbost defending strongly.
The Orbost side was very competitive and able to break-through through Mike Irvine before Nagle equalised within five minutes.Both sides pressed hard but were unable to penetrate the opposition defences with the game poised at half-time.
Both sides began the second half well, but the younger legs of the Nagle side started to show as it scored two unanswered goals in the second half to give it victory.
Fraser Philip scored two goals for Nagle and Ren Crunden-Smith one.Nagle’s best players were Padraic Crunden-Smith, Samuel Nelson and Hugh Grant, with Paul Martin, Brendan Coulton, Craig Martin leading the way for Orbost.
CONNOR McLean scored a hat-trick as Nagle defeated Bairnsdale 6-1 in the under 18s.
NAGLE was too good for Bairnsdale in the under 15 grand final, winning 5-1.
NAGLE brilliant day began with its under 13 side coming from a goal down to defeat Swan Reach 5-2.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.