Sparks player/coach Andy Maguire in the A1 men’s.
Sparks player/coach Andy Maguire in the A1 men’s.

Sparks bright for second win

SPARKS lit up the field in the men’s and women’s hockey on the weekend.

A home derby in the men’s A1 Extended League pitted Sparks and Meteors against each other at Rigby Park on Saturday afternoon and Meteors couldn’t contain the fire as Sparks triumphed in the close 3-2 clash.

It was a similar story in the women’s A1 local league, when Sparks defeated Meteors by a goal in their 1-nil victory on Saturday before they backed up for a second match which resulted in a 2-1 win against Souths that night.

Sparks coach Nathan Smith was proud of his team’s efforts during the double-header.

In what was dubbed a “tough fought” win against Meteors, it was not until the back end of the game when Maddy Stevens claimed the sole match-winning goal for the game.

While double-header history usually sways against the two-game team, Smith’s team pulled together for their second win in one day.

“They backed up really well,” Smith said.

“I’m more than happy with their commitment level,” he said.

“We played a lot better (in the second match), our forwards stood up more,” he said.

Sparks got off to a 2-nil lead through Brittney Leask and Amanda Rose. Souths fought back in the second half, but were unable to catch the total before the hooter sounded.

“They held on well in the last bit when the legs started going ... and it was enough to get the win,” Smith said.

Hockey results

A1 Men Extended League

Sparks 3 (B Scanlan 2, P Rose) def Meteors 2 (M Smith, A Smith)

A1 Women

Sparks 1 (M Stevens) def Meteors 0

Sparks 2 (B Leask, A Rose) def Souths 1 (B Jenkinson)

See Round Up for more results



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