Hockey's close clashes ahead of preliminary final

Finals time: A Grand Hotel B grade player looks upfield for an option during the team's match with Elders B on the weekend.
Finals time: A Grand Hotel B grade player looks upfield for an option during the team's match with Elders B on the weekend.

FSC Hockey officials said it was a fantastic opening round of finals at the Bega Valley Fields on Saturday.

“Really great games played on the weekend with a lot of passion, skill and sportsmanship,” Amy Wels said. 

Association president Steven James echoed the sentiment saying close results were indicative of the strong competition. 

“The close scores are testimony to how competitive the season has been, there is every chance of an upset over the next two weeks in any of the grades,” he said. 

In the C grade showdown on Saturday, the minor premier Grand Stars faced off with the Elders C grade in a close game. 

Elders snuck through for one goal, but the Grand outfit showed their ability to seal the game 3-1 in the major semi-final with two goals to Liam Eves and one to Riley Wheatley. 

In the minor clash, the Tathra C outfit had a dominant 6-0 result over the Candelo C grade which pits Tathra against Elders this weekend. Krista Austin, Amber Matthews and Demi Rose all scored two goals. 

The Elders B grade team finished as minor premiers and continued their run with a 3-1 win over Grand Hotel in the major semi-final. 

James said there was cheering that could be heard from Carp St with huge support for the teams. 

Tathra and Candelo had a close game with a 2-1 win to Tathra, which sees them advance to now play Grand.

In the major semi for the A grade ladies, Elders A had a narrow 4-3 win over United, while Tathra A clinched a 1-0 win over the Chicks with sticks in the minor semi. 

“The result sees Elders A take their place in the grand final, and a great battle ahead this weekend for United and Tathra A,” James said. 

In the A grade men’s the Magpies had a good 2-1 clash with Pambula and Tathra advanced after a 3-2 win over Candelo. 

Tathra will take on Pambula in Saturday’s preliminary final. 

Games Saturday will run from 10am for C grade with the last game at 3pm for the A grade ladies. 

Ms Wels said this would be a great chance for spectators to see some top competition. 

“These are the deciders for the last berths in the grand final and we would love everyone to come down and enjoy some great hockey,” she said. 

The club offers a canteen and there will also be a coffee van at the Bega Valley Fields. 

“Everyone is also invited to our presentation dinner to be held on Grand Final night (September 22) from 6pm,”  

Tickets are on sale now at the duty table next to the canteen, $10 for 12 and under and $20 for everyone else. Friends and family are all welcome.

For more info visit www.sapphirecoasthockey.org.au or the Sapphire Coast Hockey Facebook page.