Hockey A2s in flag contention

CORNER TAKEN: Margaret River’s David ‘Chopper’ Reid attacks the goal.Picture: Stuart Campbell.MARGARET River Mens A2 hockey team cruised to a comfortable win again on Sunday arvo, beating Cavs 3-0.
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In top gear, they converted in the first five minutes. Angus Hamilton slotted it into the net after a cross from David “Chopper” Reid, who received the ball from Luke “Oaty” Altmann who made many blistering attacks down the field. Chopper scored the next two goals, from a rebound off the goalie’s pads and from one of our deadly penalty corner batteries. The River Dogs controlled the first half and attacking was their domain.

Our superb goalkeeper Peter Wright didn’t touch the ball once in the first half, but made two great saves in the second. He kept one out of the net top with lightning-quick reflexes and saved the other by booting the ball into oblivion. Captain Tyler Wise was happy to have Oaty, Sam Innis and super quick Ronnie Fox back from injury and was even happier when some of the ‘elderly’ men in the team stepped up in the second half when the lads zoned out for a while. This included Ian Currell, Matty Kent, Bryn Jenkins and Chopper, who went in hard for the 50/50 balls, earning him a two-minute sin bin. The umpire’s decision was a bit harsh but coach Scar was delighted with the “chop” style of play – we don’t play dirty but we play bloody hard.

Experienced from the South West League, assistant coach Dan Stocker ran the bench extremely well. Busy for 70 minutes, the Cavs goalie made many great saves. The Dogs had many near misses and could have reached double figures.

There was a great vibe after the game, singing our club song AFL style and having a few beers. Our last fixture game is at 4.30pm on Saturday, come and check the action at the Busselton hockey stadium. The flag will be ours.

–Stuart ‘Scar’ Campbell, coach

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