All Sale sides in EGHA finals

SALE Hockey Club will be represented in all grades when the East Gippsland semi-finals are played on Saturday at Bairnsdale.

Four of the five Sale sides will be playing major semi-finals, with the winner advancing to the grand final and the loser to play in the preliminary final.

The open and women’s sides will play Swan Reach, the under 18s will play Nagle and the under 15s Maffra.

Sale’s under 13s will play Nagle in the knock-out minor semi-final.

The successful season comes as the club prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Maffra will have four teams in semi-finals.

The Maffra women will play Nagle in the minor semi-final, while its under 18s side will also play in the minor semi against Wellington. The under 18s are Wellington’s only side to make the finals

In the major semi-finals, Maffra’s under 15s will take on Sale and its under 13s will play Orbost.

IN glorious weather at Stephenson Park, Sale hosted Orbost in the final round of the regular season last weekend.

The open match was a competitive affair which ended in the 0-0 stalemate.

After an even first half, Sale was the aggressor in the second, playing well into attack.

Although the play was strong and tough, neither side could get ahead.

In the end it was the skill of the Orbost goalkeeper Mackayla Coote who made the greatest difference as she repelled all of Sale’s attempts to score.

Across the field Sale showed its improved teamwork with some excellent passing by Mark Benfield and exceptional support and hitting by Tim Dunnett.

Sale won the under 11s match 2-0 with Oliver Telfer scoring both goals.

In the under 13s, Orbost held Sale to a 2-2 with Chelsea Page and Tom Wrigglesworth scoring for Sale.

In the under 15s, Sale won 5-2 with goals scored by Ben Burrows, Miles Higgins, Max Cashion and Tom Wrigglesworth.

With Orbost unable to field an under 18s team this season, Sale had the week off but still finished the season on top of the ladder.

Orbost forfeited the women’s match with Sale having already claimed the minor premiership.