Local rivals square off

Dan Neaves takes the ball into attack for Maffra in the Under 15s. Photo: Sophie Allen

LOCAL rivals Maffra and Sale met in the East Gippsland Hockey Association Round 9 on Saturday, and it was a day of tight contests.

The closest match of the day was the women’s match, which finished 2-2.

Sale took the lead early, with a goal from Sarah Boag.

Maffra equalised before half-time via Jess Cull.

Kahlia Hillbrich gave Maffra the lead after the main break, and just as it looked like the winner, Olivia Slifirski scored the equaliser with a penalty corner taken after the final whistle.

The Open game was a typically fast contest, with Sale taking the lead early.

However, Maffra soon equalised via Hamish MacGregor. Sale proved to be too strong, as they pulled away in the second-half, finishing with a 5-1 victory.

Sale’s goalscorers were Mitch Patterson and Rhys Trudgen with two goals each. Andy Pate also added a goal.

In the Under 13 game, Maffra scored the winner in the final minute, with a goal from Connor Johnston, the match finishing 1-0.

The Under 15 game was also a tight match, with William Callanan scoring the only goal of the match to give Sale a 1-0 win.

The Under 18 game was controlled from the start by Maffra, who took the match 4-1.

Hamish MacGregor scored Maffra’s four goals. Bailey Pembrey scored for Sale.