Finals time for region’s best teams

The under 14 hockey semi final between Balaklava and Clare was held at the Balaklava field on a cool and cloudy day.

The teams fought hard all match but neither was able to score as the match finished in a draw.

On countback Clare had less goals scored against the team during the minor rounds which means they get to progress through to the grand final against Burra which will be played this Sunday, August 26, at 10am at Clare.

Under 18

Nuriootpa 1 drew CDHA United 1

This game was a warm up for the preliminary final with both teams eager for a win. 

Quality players made for a fierce and hard game with some great hockey played. 

In the first half  both teams had opportunities but just could not quite get the ball over the line. 

CDHA had a high shot on goals from a short which was disallowed due to being above the backboard when crossing the line. 

A great save by CDHA goalie James Cott, stretching high, saved a sure goal from Nuri. 

Both teams worked hard and nothing was left untouched. 

Going into the second term scoreless,  the teams played much like the first half but the momentum changed a number of times. 

Some rushed play and desperation crept into the game allowing Nuri to put the first score on the board off a short corner with Tyler Burgess scoring. 

This was not long returned with a score from Peter Cornwell off a short corner evening up the score. 

The game was played at a fast pace with some fantastic skills shown by both teams so a draw was fitting.

Goals – Nuriootpa: Tyler Burgess; CDHA United: Peter Cornwell

Under 15

Nuriootpa 4 defeated CDHA United 2

Goals Nuriootpa – Josh Longo 3, Marissa Lovell.

Goals CDHA United – Bizi Cornwell, Jasper Weatherstone.

B Women

Nuriootpa 1 lost CDHA United 2

It was the last game for the season for the two teams, both out for fun and enjoyment. 

Nuri took CDHA by surprise at the start of the game, pushing into attack from the start. 

CDHA were back peddling and had to work hard to keep Nuri out for the first 10 minutes of the game. 

CDHA settled as the ball moved both ends of the field then Nuri was able to put the first score on the board through Kelly Muster which put more pep in their step. 

The score was then equalled with CDHA scoring through Mary Heslop, leaving it 1-all at half time.

In the second half  play sea-saw back and forward with both teams having opportunities, defending well and keeping the ball out from the goals. 

Nuri goalie Holly Stanley did some great saves and was determined to finish the season on a high. 

A quick play-on pass by Krystal Landorf who passed to danger Brianna Cheetham squashed this, scoring in the last few minutes of the game to bring CDHA home for a win. 

Nuri is always a fun team to play - their winning success rate is not huge but their spirit and team work is exceptional – well done Nuri for this fine quality. 

CDHA women will hang their shoes up ready for the 2019 season. 

A big thank you to two under 18 boys, Owen Jenner and Max Price, for volunteering to assist with the women’s  team. 

It is always beneficial to be involved at different levels and the twos have done a great job and learned some vital skills along the way.

Goals – Nuriootpa: Kelly Muster; CDHA United: Mary Heslop,  Brianna Cheetham.

B Men

Nuriootpa Green 1 lost to CDHA United 2

The B Men’s team has finished its season in third spot on the ladder, earning them a place in the semi finals next week.

Goals – Nuriootpa: Adrian Hoffmann; CDHA United: Josef Roberts, Tristan Chapman.

Kirby Cricchiola’s progress is blocked by Gail Kirby.

Kirby Cricchiola’s progress is blocked by Gail Kirby.

Elizabeth Cornwell breaks free of her Nuri opponents.

Elizabeth Cornwell breaks free of her Nuri opponents.

Tegan Hoffmann crosses sticks with Krystal Landorf.

Tegan Hoffmann crosses sticks with Krystal Landorf.

James Cott splits the Nuriootpa defence.

James Cott splits the Nuriootpa defence.