Sale misses open finals

DESPITE a solid win over Wellington, Sale missed the East Gippsland open hockey finals on goal difference.

Sale needed a really big win in the final round and for Bairnsdale to lose in order to make the finals.

While Bairnsdale lost, Sale’s 6-0 victory wasn’t big enough to move it into the top four.

Mark Benfield scored four goals for Sale, while Andie Christie and Ryan Maynard scored one goal each.

Fourth-placed Bairnsdale went down to the undefeated Swan Reach 2-0 thanks to goals from Toby Anderson and Michael Tong.

Second-placed Nagle was untroubled at home by the young Maffra team, winning 9-0.

Casey Mitchell scored four goals, while Zach Coulton, Ren Crunden-Smith and Oscar Crunden-Smith added one each.

IN the women’s competition, second-placed Sale was

untroubled by Wellington, winning 19-0.

Andie Christie scored five goals, Prue McNaughton and Tracey Wrigglesworth three each, Julianne Nicholls, Belinda Coulton and Sarah Boag two each, while Ashley Andrews scored one.

Fourth-placed Nagle had a boost on the eve of the finals with a solid 3-1 win over third-placed Maffra.

Natasha Blackshaw, Molly Coulton and Amber Willowhite scored for Nagle, while Maffra’s goal came from Kate O’Toole.

Minor premier Swan Reach completed a undefeated home-and-away matches with a 6-0 win over Bairnsdale. Sarah Grixti scored three goals, Rebecca Corben two goals and Steph Matthews one.

ORBOST had the bye.

SEMI-finals will be played on Saturday at Bairnsdale Secondary College.

The action will begin in the under 13s with Nagle taking on Maffra, and Sale playing Orbost.

In the under 15s, Nagle will play Maffra, and Bairnsdale will meet Sale.

The under 18 semi-finals will be Nagle against Sale, and Bairnsdale taking on Wellington.

In the women’s, Swan Reach will play Sale, and Maffra will meet Nagle.

The open semi-finals will be Swan Reach against Nagle, and Orbost against Bairnsdale.