Under 15 - Grand Final
Tanunda White 4 def CDHA United 1
Sunshine welcomed both teams onto the field in Stockwell and a large crowd had gathered to witness the event.
After an initial period of testing each other out Tanunda White were the first to settle and soon caught CDHA by surprise when they slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
With CDHA attacking the ball struck the legs of a Tanunda player and after much debate by the umpires a penalty stroke was awarded.
CDHA’s Thomas Lymburn stepped up to the mark and calmly and powerfully converted to level the score.
With the intensity rising both sides had their chances through free play and short corners but it was Tanunda who managed to put another on the board when they converted one of the shorts.
In the second half much of play was initially located in the CDHA end and the intense Tanunda pressure was rewarded.
They managed to add two goals, the first via a short corner and the other through some great teamwork.
CDHA United did not sit back and continued to fight throughout the game but were unable to take advantage of their chances and Tanunda were stalwart in their defence and managed to keep CDHA goalless in the second half.
In the end the game was very evenly contested but Tanunda were able to capitalise in the circle putting them in front. Congratulations to Tanunda White on taking out the Premiership and well played CDHA United on making it to the Grand Final your first year in this competition.
BEST ON GROUND:
Tanunda White: Tristan Pfeiffer
CDHA United: Max Price
also announced at the presentation were the -
Under 15 - 2016 Barossa Valley Hockey Association Best and Fairest:
Winner: Tristan Pfeiffer (Tanunda White)
Runner-up Max Price (CDHA United)
B Grade Women - Grand Final
AM United 2 (2) def CDHA United 2 (1)
This Grand Final brought together the year’s top two teams, AM United and CDHA United. They are highly respectful of each other and a tight well contested game was always on the cards.
When the whistle blew it was CDHA who came out the strongest and within the first few minutes they took a still settling AMU by surprise when an attack down the left was crossed and cleanly converted by Carlie Savage.
This signalled the onset of a battle and before long AMU won a short corner. The incoming shot was deflected and seemed certain to hit the top right of the goal but CDHA’s goalkeeper Katie Jenner leapt into action and swatted the ball away.
Both teams had multiple strong runs downfield but strong defensive walls meant chances were hard to come by and quality goalkeeping and near misses were greeted by huge sighs from the amassed crowd.
With half time looming a counter attack by AMU lead to them winning another short and an equalising goal when the ball just sneaked over the line.
The second half started with AMU deep in attack but a fantastic run from Rhea Greenshields and great work by Carlie Savage resulted in a well-deserved goal for CDHA.
The ball continued to seesaw between ends with both teams showing very strong defensive skills against runs on goal and short corners.
With less than five minutes on the clock AMU earned a short and on the second attempt put in a strong hit to take the game into overtime.
Overtime was a very tense affair with both teams having opportunities to score but neither could break the deadlock and the game went into the dreaded penalty strokes.
Despite the best efforts of CDHA United they were to fall at this hurdle and AM United won the penalty shootout 2-1.
What a nail biting Grand Final - A brilliant display of hockey right to the end.
The nicest finish to the game was the congratulations from both teams – warm hugs in appreciation of a hard fought final, played in fantastic spirit right to the end.
Many thanks to Andy Milne and Courtney Ribbon for their umpiring.
GOALS: AM United: Cherie Scannell & Erin Casey; CDHA United: Carlie Savage (2)
BEST: AM United: Yvonne Wright: CDHA United: Jayne Price
A Grade Women - Grand Final
Gawler 3 (4) def CDHA United 3 (3)
Congratulations go out to Clare Hockey Club members Etabez Donato and Sophie Haines who joined with the winning team, Gawler, for this competition.
Barossa Valley Hockey Association Senior Presentation Dinner
A number of CDHA members attended the BVHA Dinner held last Monday night at the Vine Inn Nuriootpa.
The BVHA has offered our players a new level of competition and a chance to play on Turf.
This year we had 2 Junior and 2 Senior teams playing in the competition of 34 teams. It is a strong competition, pushing our players to the next level.
There were many awards presented at the BVHA Dinner but our B Grade Women were a feature with Rhea Greenshields taking out the Best & Fairest for the Association and sharing joint Highest Goal Scorer with Mary Heslop and Jess White (AMU).
Both these CDHA ladies are from the Balaklava Hockey Club but form a United CDHA women’s side who prove to be strong.
A number of the team polling well in the votes.
A surprise for the evening was CDHA being awarded the Siobhan Barnden Trophy (Club of the Year). Association President, David Forrest received this award with great pleasure.
It is pleasing to see our players being rewarded for their good conduct on and off the field, great team manager paperwork and some dedicated individuals who make things happen.
The Junior Best and Fairest awards were presented at the Grand Final on Saturday.
CDHA United’s U15 player Max Price scooped the Runner Up Best & Fairest for the BVHA – a great achievement with some tough competition.
Darryl may have Max covered in his reports
Hockey SA Awards Night
It was a pleasure to attend the Hockey SA Awards night at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide.
Long serving CDHA member Adrian Nourse was presented Life Member of Hockey SA.
It is a huge achievement to be awarded Life Member of your state body.
He has been an active member of the Riverton Hockey Club and the CDHA for over 3 decades, filling many roles in this time – too many to list (I don’t think there is a job he has not done from President to BBQ cook and everything between).
He has been the driving force of the CDHA for many years and always takes an interest in what is happening in the wider communities of hockey.
Adrian was honoured to be presented with this membership and was thrilled to have 3 of his children attend the dinner.
Congratulations Adrian Nourse and a big thank you for all that you have done for hockey in our region.