Chamelons win wraps up title
Chameleons 4 Polecats 2
In the only men's match of the weekend, Chameleons went into the game knowing that victory would see them crowned champions for the first time in six seasons.
And they did it in style with a convincing win.
Tim Goodyer finished off a good flowing move down the right to put his team ahead in the fourth minute. A similar attack saw Chameleons take a two-goal lead in the 11th minute when Richard Cox scored from open play.
Polecats showed their determination and immediately struck back with a well taken field goal in the 16th minute from Hannes Robbertze.
Goodyer restored the two-goal cushion to net his second goal but Polecats' Donnie Simmons brought his side back into contention from a penalty corner.
In the second half, an impressive display of team-work from the defence and midfield kept Polecats at bay. Chameleons' Ryan Piper, Stuart Mackellar and ‘keeper' Adam Griffiths all did their part to snuff out chances.
The victory was sealed when Chameleons' Paul Deans scored from a broken down penalty corner to make the final score 4-2.
With one game left, Chameleons have won 12 games and lost only three, scoring 58 goals and conceding only 22.
Women's ‘A' Division
Budgies 0 Swifts 0
Budgies dominated possession in the first 30 minutes, gaining but not converting eight penalty corners.
Swifts also earned two penalty corners at the end of the first half, and although Lorina Harvey did put the ball into the back of the net, it was ruled to be too high.
Budgies had a real chance to open the scoring when Keishae Robinson found herself one-on-one with Swifts ‘keeper Cheresa LeMaire in the 41st minute, but shot wide. LeMaire had an outstanding game, denying Budgies on numerous occasions.
Wildcats 1 Swallows 5Swifts 2 Canaries 3
Swallows made their intentions known early in the game as Jennifer Chisnall fired two fine shots into the ‘D'. However, they didn't find the net until the 30th minute when a pass by Lisa LeBlanc found Joanna Heaney who made no mistake.
With four minutes remaining in the half, LeBlanc passed to Amber Wilson who doubled the lead from a deflected ball high above the goalie.
LeBlanc continued to shine, not only by assisting but getting on the scoresheet herself. Seven minutes after the break she would score after a cross by Jennifer Chisnall into the ‘D'.
Wildcats' Ryce Trott replied from a penalty corner in the 49th from a deflection off the pads of keeper' Donna Nicholson.
But with just 10 minutes remaining, Swallows' junior player Kayla Kellman netted a great slap shot from a ball fed in by Liz Hartley. After all her hard work, LeBlanc would score her second goal of the game in the 70th minute.
Swifts played their second game of the day but it was Canaries who got off to a flying start, converting their first penalty corner by Joanne Wilson-Barrow after five minutes.
Swifts replied with a penalty shot from Lorina Harvey in the 18th minute.
A defensive error allowed Canaries to go ahead in the 58th minute from a field goal by Mary-Ellen Jackson but again Swifts equalised through Ryanne Bardgett.
However, another error in the 64th minute by a tired Swifts defence saw Canaries' Jackson score again to seal the victory.
Women's ‘B' DivisionLongtail Canaries 2 Canaries 1
Longtail Canaries1 Ravens 3
Under the lights and drizzling rain, Ravens took on the Longtail Canaries with both sides fielding mostly junior players.
Ravens went ahead in the fourth minute from a breakaway which saw Tracy Stewart dribble into the circle with plenty of support from the rest of the forward line. They went further ahead in the ninth with a well worked goal, starting from defence. The ball was passed to Isabelle Boonstra who then found Georgia Harris. who dribbled into the ‘D' before slipping the ball into the path of Carolyn Soares who placed it first time past stand-in ‘keeper Jokiah Richardson.
Ravens got their third from a penalty corner in the 19th minute through Carolyn Soares.
Longtails netted what proved to be a consolation goal in the 28th minute.
The second half remained goalless although Ravens continued to attack without reward.
Canaries' Maria Burley opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a field goal but Longtail Canaries' Maya Palacio equalised in the 37th after a dribble down the field before beating Canaries' defenders and executing a beautiful field goal.
Palacio would later score her second to wrap up the victory.