Sparks to fly as Meteors progress
METEORS have progressed to the Gladstone A1 men's hockey grand final to face Sparks thanks to a 3-1 win over Souths in Saturday's qualifying final at Rigby Park.
Meteors finished third overall on the competition ladder but proved their premiership credentials with a dominant display in which they created a plethora of scoring opportunities.
Andy Smith slotted goals on either side of halftime, while Dane Scherer grabbed Meteors' third after some enterprising build-up play in the attacking third.
Souths Captain Brent Sweeney scored the only goal for the Blues who rarely threatened until the twilight of the match.
Meteors' coach Craig Mathison said his side rose to the occasion in spite of their lack of recent game time.
“It's a bit hard, the guys were keen because they haven't played too much, plus we haven't trained the last couple of weeks because of rain, so it was a good allround effort,” he said.
“It was good, it took us a little while to get in to it. The first 10 or 15 minutes we were a bit slow but we always start slow.”
In the women's A1 qualifying final Sparks snared a 1-0 win in a tight battle with Meteors in what Sparks coach Nathan Smith described as a great all round performance.
“I was really happy with what they did, there were no real standouts, they played a really good team game and got the reward for what they've been working for.”
Sparks will now play Souths in a rematch of the major semi-final which Souths won 1-0.
“I think it will be a close game, South and Sparks have been close all year and the game could go either way; there's no clear favourite,” Smith said.