Simmons grabs hat-trick as Polecats demolish Rebels
Women's ‘A' DivisionNicola Fox scored the winner for Wildcats as they beat Swifts.
Wildcats dominated the first half gaining penalty corners in the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 25th minute without converting, while Swifts only chance of the half came in the 34th minute when Lorina Harvey struck a penalty corner wide of goal.
Both teams then had chances from penalty corners in the second half and it was Fox in the 60th minute that won the game when she scored from a shot that was deflected by a defenders stick onto the post and into the goal.
Canaries 4Jennifer Chisnall's was enough to better Joanne Smith-Barrow's hat-trick as Swallows beat Canaries in a highly entertaining match.
Canaries started play with no goalie and Swallows got in three quick goals when Jennifer Chisnall (4), captain Elizabeth Stewart (8) and Kelli Nusum (15) all score.
Joanne Smith-Barrow grabbed her first of the game just before the half and notched her second in the opening minutes of the second to bring the side within one.
Lisa LeBlanc (46) restored the two-goal cushion for Swallows, but Smith-Barrow completed her hat-trick with a 51st minute to keep her side in contention.
Chisnall (55) then grabbed her second of the day before Canaries' Zina Jones drove the ball into the goal in the 57th minute to make it 5-4 late on, a score that would stand until the end.
Women's ‘B' Division
Katie Flath scored the only goal of the game as Cardinals beat Canaries.
In a game that went back and forth, it was Canaries who dominated early on in the match, but were unable to find the opening goal through a good defensive Cardinals unit.
It was quite different in the second half with Cardinals picking up the pace with quick movement on the ball and midfielder Candy Foggo would be the one to unlock the Canaries defence, cracking a ball into the circle that found Flath for the opening goal in the 40th minute.
Even with continuous pressure by both teams the result didn't change, with the points going to Cardinals.
Swifts 0No goals were scored in this match, thanks in large part to good defending by both sides.
Swifts had chances in the eighth minute when Iman Smith shot wide from a penalty corner, and two minutes later Alex Francis shot wide from close range.
Bluebirds looked to have scored from a penalty corner in the 28th minute, but Rhea Gibbons made a wonderful goal line save.
In the second half both sides had several scoring opportunities but neither could find the back of the net and these top two teams had to share the points of a scoreless draw.
Bluebirds keeper Carla Pedro saved a number of cracking shots from the Swifts forwards ably assisted by an impenetrable defence led by Kris Soares and Morag Gilliland with Kourtney Fassler and Lisa Freeman playing outstanding hockey in the midfield.
Donnie Simmons scored a hat-trick as Polecats beat Rebels.
Hannes Robbertz gave Polecats the lead in the 16th minute before Nigel Deane doubled the score from a penalty stroke two minutes later.
In the 25th minute Rebels' Richard Minors would score a field goal, but Donnie Simmons re-established the Polecats two-goal lead with a field goal in the 29th.
Rebels would open the score in the 39th minute of the second half as a result of their continued effort and were rewarded with a field goal off the stick of Derek Thiesen, only for Simmons to again restore the two-goal cushion the 48th minute.
One minute later Polecats' Richard Marriot would convert a penalty corner to make it 5-2, while Simmons completed his hat-trick in the 52nd.
Dylan Pacheco scored in the 59th, but it wasn't to be the last goal as the Rebels fighting effort paid off when Martin McHugh scored a field goal in the 65th minute.
Panthers 2Mark Ray scored what proved to be the winner as Panthers beat Upstarts.
Panthers were put ahead by Manny Faria in the 14th minute before Mark Ray added the second four minutes as he scored from a very difficult angle.
In the 31st minute Upstarts' Donny Moniz would score a field goal, after a cross from Gary Tavares to end the first half 2-1.
Upstarts took the initiative in the second half through Gary Tavares and Keir Savage, but couldn't score.
Panthers had some counterattacks taking advantage of the speed of Jack Finlay and Logan Alexander, but neither one could find the net.