Goals at premium in hockey trials

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE District Hockey Association A1 men's and women's teams completed the final weekend of trials matches with more low-scoring affairs at Rigby Park on Saturday.

While the shortened match durations do not make for high-scoring affairs, defence generally ruled the day, beginning with the first A1 women's clash in which Meteors beat Souths 1-0.

Meteors' Bianca Nathan broke the deadlock, slotting a rebound goal off the Souths goalkeeper to seal the match. Meteors coach Roy Smith used the opportunity to trial various systems of play.

'We wanted to use a different plan and strategy, but we just couldn't gel for the first game,' he said.

Meteors were then held to a 0-0 draw in their second encounter against Sparks.

Sparks forward Sarah Jackson came close several times to scoring but could not finish off.

Sparks defender Julie Etherton was happy with the team's performance.

'We were missing some players so we were happy we came away with a draw and in some patches we showed some promise,' Etherton said.

In the men's games an understrength Sparks A1 men's team were able to hold Meteors to a 0-0 draw in the team's early encounter.

Sparks stalwart Ray Flint led well up front and came close to giving his side victory.

In the second game between the two sides it was Meteors who took the honours with a brilliant back stick goal in the dying minutes by captain Joel Scherer, setting up a 1-0 win.



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