Sparks show Frenchville enough class for victory
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SPARKS were pushed but showed enough class to beat a gallant Frenchville 4-1 in the CQ Extended League men's hockey clash at Rigby Park on Saturday.
Trent Leask, skipper Dean Gorda, Peter Ferguson and Alan Baxter all got their names on the scoresheet in an open, entertain- ing game of attacking hockey.
Sparks were red-hot favourites going into the match and started like a house on fire when Leask converted a short-corner after just three minutes. Frenchville would have been wondering whether they should have made the trip down the Bruce Highway just 10 minutes later when Gorda coolly finished a great piece of Sparks play.
But to their credit, the visitors bounced back and deserved their goal through Peter Burchard after a goal-mouth scramble. Sparks had a couple of chances to extend their lead, but desperate Frenchville defence ensured the half-time score remained 2-1.
Frenchville produced good patches of play early in the second- half and had a couple of chances to level the score until Sparks scored two goals in as many minutes.
A touch of class, worthy for a international brought Ferguson the third goal of the game and Alan Baxter finished the game as a contest just 45 seconds later.
Skipper Gorda and Ferguson led the Sparks performance, while for the visitors young goalkeeper Tom Rendel-Woolley and Ash Lauga played well.
In Rockhampton, Meteors copped a 5-1 hiding at the hands of Park Avenue Brothers.
Park Avenue Brothers were in devastating form and spared no mercy on the visitors. Craig Mathison scored Meteors goal, while goalkeeper Kevin Yates and strong defender Matt Lamberton played well.