TEAMS contended with wet and wild winter weather during round nine clashes contested in the East Gippsland Hockey Association.
Through good teamwork and skills, the under 13 game was evenly matched between Wellington and Sale.
Despite several goal attempts from both sides, the teams broke for half-time with the score 0-0.
The second half saw Wellington’s Charlie Edney and Baden Rim score a goal each before Sale’s Brodie Van Der Velden brought the score difference to just one behind when he scored.
Wellington held off Sale to win 2-1 in the finish.
In the open match, a fiercely competitive battle between the first and third-placed teams saw Sale take the lead by half-time.
Goalkeepers Max Cashion (Wellington) and Bill Slattery (Sale) made several brilliant saves throughout the intense match.
Bayley Hill slipped a ball into the net in the second half, putting Wellington on the scoreboard.
Sale fought to maintain its lead with two goals towards the end of the match to win 4-1.
Wellington won the under 15s 5-3, but it was Sale who claimed points in the under 18s and women’s, 7-4 and 13-0 respectively.
Open: Swan Reach 1-6 Maffra, Orbost 6-0 Bairnsdale.
Women’s: Swan Reach 0-5 Maffra, Orbost 7-1 Bairnsdale.
Under 18s: Swan Reach 3-5 Maffra.
Under 15s: Swan Reach 1-1 Maffra.
Under 13s: Swan Reach 2-2 Maffra, Orbost 5-1 Bairnsdale.