Maffra misses hockey grand final

MAFFRA has missed the East Gippsland women’s hockey grand final for the first time since joining the association after going down to Swan Reach in the preliminary final on Saturday.

Played in warm conditions at Stephenson Park in Sale, Swan Reach was too strong for Maffra, winning 4-1.

Shana Snell scored two goals for the victor, while Katrina Thomas and Beck Corbin scored one goal each. Emily Mogridge scored a consolation goal for Maffra.

Swan Reach will take on Sale in the grand final this Saturday at Orbost.

Men’s

SWAN Reach is also through to the men’s grand final after defeating Orbost 2-1 in a surprise result.

Simon Murrell and Peter Stevens scored for Swan Reach, while Brendan Coulton scored Orbost’s goal.

Swan Reach will meet Nagle in the grand final.

Under 18s

ORBOST defeated Bairnsdale 3-2 in a high quality under 18 preliminary final.

After finishing the home-and-away season in fourth place, Orbost will take on Nagle in the grand final.

Jason Lavell scored a hat-trick for Orbost. David Long and Darcy Simpson scored for Bairnsdale.

Under 15s

MAFFRA and Nagle played out a high-scoring match in the under 15s.

Nagle came out stronger as the match wore on, defeating Maffra 6-3.

Holly Bowden, Max Bowden, India Clifford, Jack Edgar, Thomas Edgar, Kristoffer Richards all scored a goal each for Nagle. Jessica Cull scored two goals for Maffra, supported by Ben Mogridge.Bairnsdale will play Nagle in the grand final.

Under 13s

HAVING been responsible for the two highest scoring home-and-away matches, the under 13 preliminary final between Maffra and Bairnsdale proved to be no different.

Maffra won the match 5-3 after repeatedly fighting off Bairnsdale’s fightbacks.

Ben Harms scored two goals for Maffra, supported by Adelle O’Doherty, Tess O’Toole and Jessica Cull. Rohan Giblett scored two goals for Bairnsdale, and Bonita Comer scored one.

Maffra will take on Nagle in the grand final.