Meteors pipped at the post
HOCKEY: Meteors surrendered a 1-0 half-time lead to go down to Rockhampton Souths in the final minor round of the Central Queensland Hockey League on Saturday.
Some defensive lapses allowed Souths' young gun Kaleb Christensen to score two second-half goals in what was a keenly-fought contest.
Meteors were not without its chances and opened its account when Jordyn Wilson scored the game's first goal after just 10 minutes.
The local side was up and about with Finn Bryant strong in the inside position and youngsters Ryley Bobart and Hayden Pease showed why they are emerging as star players.
"In the second half we lost it a bit in the end and we tried and kept up, but just didn't put the ones away that we needed to,” Bryant said.
Of those chances, albeit a difficult one, was a 'reverse shot' by Finn which was wonderfully saved by Souths goal-keeper Matthew Olive.
Olive's effort was replicated by Meteor's 'keeper Brendan Walters who stuck his right leg out which deflected in what would have been a third goal to Christensen.
"We made a couple pf silly mistakes, but we were still up there in a good competition and Rocky are a good team,” Bryant said.
Not keeping control of the ball was another factor in the second half according to Bryant.
"We rushed it a bit in that second half and we didn't really play to our game like we did in the first half,” Bryant said.
"If we stuck to our game like we did in the first half, it would have been a different situation but a bit of fatigue and not sticking to our game-plan.”
The focus now turns to the Gladstone and District Hockey Association finals which commence this weekend.
"We focus now to versing Sparks who have picked up their game throughout the season so we just have to keep working hard at training and keep going,” Bryant said.
With his flowing blonde locks along with sublime skills with ball on stick, Bryant easily catches the eye and he said his form has improved from last year.
"I've stepped up a bit and the boys have been good support and playing in a good team brings the skills up,” Bryant said.