Meteors A1 Men continue successful campaign in CQHL
HOCKEY: Meteors A1 men hammered Park Avenue Brothers 8-2 in their Saturday night Central Queensland Hockey League match at Rigby Park.
With five wins on the trot, Meteors are going from strength to strength and should be considered premiership contenders.
Park Avenue Brothers opened the scoring with a field goal early in the half after a lapse in the Meteors' defence.
Meteors quickly shifted into higher gear and took the game away from Park Avenue Brothers with ball possession and taking control of the game.
Meteors striker Mitch Ryan started off the goal-scoring spree with a hat-trick after he had worked hard in the forward line.
Captain Craig Gultzow stepped in to lead by example and scored a field goal in the first half for Meteors to go to the break 4-1 ahead.
The second half continued in much the same way as the first half as Meteors controlled the game from the outset.
Jordyn Wilson scored his first of his back-to-back goals within 10 minutes of the half with a field goal and then a penalty stroke.
Midfielder Logan Parrish chimed in with a field goal several minutes later.
The final goal for Meteors was a penalty corner set play finished off by Laith Ogden.
Park Avenue Brothers scored a consolation goal in the final minutes of the game.
Meteors coach Shannon Bobart was impressed with the team's win but said that there was room for improvement.
"The strike-rate was good and the team finished well, but the boys can see there is still improvement to be worked on,” he said.
Bobart said Hayden Pease played an excellent game and was a welcome addition to the team after coming back from injury.
In defence, Bobby Appo proved to be reliable and he worked well with Ogden in the midfield.
The victory further cements Meteors in second place on the CQHL competition ladder.
The earlier game between Sparks A1 women and Park Avenue Brothers was not played as Park Avenue Brothers forfeited.
The results of the A2 Men's game played on Friday resulted in a win to Sparks over Souths, 4-2.
In the game played later, it was Meteors coming away the winner against Yaralla, 6-3.
The junior match on Saturday morning was in the U12 Mixed, Meteors Flames defeating Meteors Blazers 4-0.
In the U14 Mixed, Sparks rolled Yaralla 4-1 and Meteors defeated Crocs 1-0.
The U16 Mixed Meteors beat Souths 2-0 and Meteors defeated Yaralla 9-1.