Clare and CDHA bow out

U14s PRELIMINARY FINAL

Clare 0 lost Balaklava 2

Goals: Nick Lawrie 2

Best Players – Clare: Isabel Price, Mitchell Beverdam, Elizabeth Cornwell; Balaklava: Nick Lawrie, Lachlan Smulders, Eli Battistessa.

On Saturday Clare and Balaklava played their preliminary final.  With a big crowd watching, there was bound to be some action and excitement. Both teams came out strong with some excellent defence from Balaklava which denied Clare on multiple opportunities.  Some great attacking pressure from Balaklava resulted in a series of short corners which they were able to convert through Nick Lawrie.  Just before the half time whistle, Clare had a break with a power run from Deneke Donato who hit the post.  The second half saw Clare come out hard but Balaklava managed to stop them from scoring.  Balaklava played another short corner where Nick Lawrie had a great strike and managed to score the second and last goal for the game.  A great game played by both teams.  A great season Clare and all the best to Burra and Balaklava who play next week in the Finals for our U14 Comp.

Next week Burra hosts the U14s Grand Final which will be contested between Burra and Balaklava.  U14 presentations will then follow immediately after the game.  Good luck to both U14s team in the final – both teams have grown enormously since the start of the season.  The super eager group of U10s will then take the field for the last time this season afterwards which will then be followed by the U10s presentations for the 2017 season. Burra Hockey Club will be running their canteen throughout the morning also.

U15s – Bye

U18s

CDHA United 1 def Nuriootpa 0

Goal: Thomas Lymburn

B Women

CDHA United 3 def Nuriootpa 0

Goals: Naomi Tucker 2, Brianna Cheetham 1

What a lovely way to finish off the minor round to play Nuri who show great sportsmanship.  This team brings energy, fun and enjoyment with them which blends with the CDHA team perfectly. Both back on grass at Clare High School, wishing for the smoother surface. CDHA had most of the play, persistently moving into attack. Nuri’s defence dug deep and held strong, continually stopping the ball deep in the circle. Star player was Nuri’s goalie Lily Melville who was pumped and did some brilliant saves.  It seemed to be a game of short corner, block, short corner repeated 30-fold in CDHA’s favour with Nuri consistently stopping the goals. CDHA was able to capitalise on these twice in the second half through Naomi Tucker and Bri Cheetham. Naomi was able to sneak a field goal over the line in the first half with determination on the post. Sunday’s played game against AM United and Trinity was a decider of a very tight contested B grade table. Unfortunately CDHA finished in fifth spot, one point behind AMU which ends our season. We wish all teams a good finals series.

B Men

CDHA United 2 def Nuri Gold 0

Goals: James Forrest, Ben Dunstan