Sparks cop a walloping
THE short-handed Sparks received a walloping by Rockhampton’s Souths in the men’s A1 Extended League hockey competition at the weekend.
After they travelled to Rockhampton with only seven A-grade players, things didn’t look promising to begin with, let alone when Matthew Inwood went down with an injury (ankle) in the first half.
Going into the half, the home team had a 3-0 advantage that blew out to 9-1 by the end of the game.
While Sparks copped a hefty blow to their for-and-against stats, coach Andrew McGuire said, despite being on the receiving end of another injury in the team, there were positives to take from the match.
“We had all the play in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but then the floodgates opened,” he said.
He said the team continued to create chances, but was unable to capitalise.
In the other games Souths beat Meteors in the local A1 competition on Friday night before Meteors bounced back to defeat Frenchville 4-2 in the Extended League on Saturday.
In the women’s competition Souths also topped Meteors with a 2-0 win that Meteors coach Roy Smith blamed on “silly mistakes”.
“We’re letting ourselves down with basic skills,” Smith told The Observer.
“The plays we’re trying to put in place are working for us, but we’re suffering from what are basically brain explosions,” he said.
“They got two easy goals off us that were just because of stupidity.”
In Souths’ second game they ended up level pegging with Sparks in their 1-1 draw.
GHA A1– Souths 1, Meteors 0; Extended League – Rockhampton Souths 9, Sparks 1; Meteors 4, Frenchville 2.
Souths 2 – Meteors 0; Souths 1, Sparks 1.