Bright Sparks seal premiership
SPARKS defeated Souths 2-0 in the A1 men’s hockey minor premiership play off on Saturday and are eager to repeat the dose when the two sides meet next week in the major semi-final.
Late goals to Reuben Schmitt and captain-coach Andrew McGuire capped off a strong Sparks second half in which they dominated the run of play.
McGuire said he was happy to have sealed the minor premiership despite missing several players.
“To wrap up the minor premiership was good, it gets us a trophy and we always strive to do that,” he said.
“We really wanted to make a statement about today’s game leading into the finals, we’ll have all our players back and we’ll be looking to assert our dominance next week.”
In women’s A2 action, Sparks Regulators played out a 1-1 draw with top side Meteors in a match where chances were at a premium.
Regulators’ captain-coach Angela Jeynes said she was pleased with the way her side was performing ahead of its minor semi-final showdown against club-mates Sparks.
“We’re playing well at the end of the season so that’s all we can ask for and the juniors are playing really strong,” she said.
“It’s going to be a hard game; we’re both a similar level of skill so it could go either way.
“It’s all social but when we take the field we’ll be playing hockey.”
In the A1 women’s extended league grand final Sparks went down 4-0 to Wanderers on Saturday.