Meteors gain revenge in grand final rematch

SHOOT-OUT: Meteors player Finn Bryant looks to get past the tackle of Sparks player Adrian Webb in the A1 men's game.
SHOOT-OUT: Meteors player Finn Bryant looks to get past the tackle of Sparks player Adrian Webb in the A1 men's game. Jon Ortlieb

HOCKEY: Meteors rose to the occasion to open the A1 men's Gladstone Hockey Association competition with a 4-2 win against Sparks on Saturday night.

It was somewhat sweet revenge after Sparks spanked Meteors in the A1 men's decider last season.

Craig Gultzow scored twice, while Wayne Chapman and Finn Bryant scored Meteors' other goals.

Meteors playing coach Neil Pease said it was a slow start from his team, but they responded well.

"Sparks came out of the starting blocks and they got an early goal,” Pease said.

"We didn't drop our heads.”

And for that reason, Meteors worked their way back into the match and Pease said momentum was with his team heading into the half-time break.

"We just managed to work the ball up the field and penetrate their defence,” Pease said.

"At half-time, I knew that we were heading in the right direction.”

Meteors went into the break 2-1 in front and Pease said his players continued with the job in the second half.

He said several of his players stood out.

"Nic Hiley played on the inside on both sides of the pitch and his work-rate was just through the roof,” Pease said.

"He played reserve grade last year and just wanted to give A-grade a go.

"Finn played really well and it's his first year with us and he has fitted in with the team well.”

The coach also pointed out that there are two strong family connections in the team.

"We have got two 13-year-olds with my lad Hayden and Ryley Bobart,” Pease said.

Ryley's dad Shannon also plays in the same team.

"We had Hayden and Ryley as right half backs and they held their positions really well,” Pease said.

When asked of what it is like to be playing in the same team as his son, Pease said he cherishes every moment.

"It really is a privilege and I value it immensely,” Pease said.

But there is no special treatment.

"Once we're out on the field, we're all players and sometimes he tells me to get in the right position and sometimes I tell him,” Pease said.

Pease said he will play in the A1 competition with his son for as long as possible.

The two teams meet again this Saturday ahead of the Central Queensland Hockey League season start on April 1 which includes four Rockhampton teams.

"I don't know how many years in A1 I have left in me,” Pease said.

"But I am trying to be fit and feel OK and I'll play A1 until Hayden kicks me out of the team.”

Topics:  gladstone hockey association hockey meteors hockey club sparks hockey club

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