ELDERS prevailed over the Babes in the headline match of the Far South Coast Hockey Association grand finals.
Coming down to a penalty shootout decider after two periods of extra time, it was Kezie Apps’s quick flick that sealed the Babes’ fate.
The Babes came out firing early in the first half, but their assaults on goal were denied early by strong defence, with Sam Earnshaw in the goals clearing out anything that came her way.
The Babes’ Al Christison and Wendy Deighton were getting in on anything they could, but combined efforts from Apps and Joccoaa Rogers saw play return to the midfield.
Alana Koellner was a strong performer for the Babes, pushing play forward and repelling Elders’ attack.
It was the Babes who struck first midway through the half, but Elders fired right back.
In the second half play reached a fever pitch with both sides frantically attacking the ball.
Captains Nikki Smith and Leigh Rogers calmed their respective teams and play settled into a fast-pace.
Both teams fired off another goal each and with scores deadlocked at the final siren, the game went to golden goal extra time.
Neither side could capitalise, and even after being reduced to only seven players, both teams remained scoreless.
The Babes’ looked good in the penalty shootout, but were then denied by Earnshaw’s quick hands.
Apps pinged her shot to the back of the goal and secured the win for Elders.
Meanwhile, in the other grades Pambula overcame Candelo convincingly in the men’s and the Youstabees proved they were far from it, getting over Candelo in a thriller.
Pambula came out strong in the men’s match against Candelo and was able to keep extra players in the attack and play focused largely in the Candelo half of the field.
\Both teams fired off a quick early goal and at one apiece it could have gone either way, but Pambula lifted to the occasion and struck again in the first half with captain Mark Irvin driving it home from the circle.
Candelo defended relentlessly, but under near constant pressure they began to tire in the second half.
Making good use of their younger players, Pambula were a bit quicker through the mid field and were able to launch another assault on the goals, closing out Candelo’s chances at 3-1.
In the ladies A reserve, the Tathra Youstabees mustered their forces against the Candelo reserve team and neither side could take an advantage.
With play fluctuating from end-to-end and the scores deadlocked as the final siren blew the teams went to golden goal extra time.
Candelo’s attack coordinated well, but were denied scoring opportunities by the Youstabees’ defence.
Then as it looked like the match was going to a penalty shootout, with only a matter of seconds before the siren, the Youstabees rallied an assault on the Candelo goal and slapped the ball into the net.