GNL Hockey | South Launceston enjoys a decisive win

FOOTWORK: Evan Lawrence from Queechy tussles with Devonport's Daniel Ford while Queechy's Stuart Withington waits for his chance. Picture: Paul Scambler.
FOOTWORK: Evan Lawrence from Queechy tussles with Devonport's Daniel Ford while Queechy's Stuart Withington waits for his chance. Picture: Paul Scambler.

South Launceston’s road to Smithton proved victorious as they prevailed 6-1. Andrew Lancaster scored a hat-trick, Kurt Budgeon, two and Jordan Sutherland, one, with a strong performance from Keelan Beattie. Defence was the key for Smithton and returning defender Dan Cramer proved this with an impressive showing. 

South Burnie’s Stuart Bowles and Kurt Edmunds produced some magic against West Devonport in a prolific 5-0 victory. Bowles put in a superb game for South with West Devonport defending strongly, improving on last year’s performances. Ant and Steven King locked down West Devonport’s defence.

Queechy Penguins and Devonport fought all day for a 1-all draw in torrential conditions. Despite not getting the win, Queechy was pleased with their team effort as Evan Lawrence scored and Jeremy Tuson excelled.

Mick Williams had a impressive game for Devonport, with Callum Dubbald scoring for the coastal side.

Tamar Churinga brought their year’s tally to 1-1 with a win over Launceston City. Will Richman and Beau Cornelius found the net for Tamar while Colin Pearson converted a penalty corner to score for City in their 2-1 loss. A crucial Daniel James save assisted Tamar, contributing to their win.

Burnie Baptist asserted their dominance over the competition with a 4-1 win over City Marian. Coach Jarrad Poke scored twice for Baptist in the first quarter for a commanding lead. City Marians scored in the third quarter, bringing the game closer, but recruit Khan Riley in the last, completed the win.

Launceston City’s women’s season had a perfect start, winning the City derby 3-1, against City Marians. Caitlin Badcock opened Launceston’s scoring, with Marians’ Brooke Grubb evening things up before Launceston took the game away. Launceston’s defensive unit Laura Gowans, Emily Bowes and Alissia Pearson starred while Marians’ captain Monique Grundy put in a solid performance.

South Launceston Suns made up for their loss last week with a dominant 5-1 display over Smithton. Nic Symonds starred for the Suns, scoring two goals, and constantly pushing her team into attack while Meg Connelly starred defensively. Sh’kea Poke and Emma Spinks persevered throughout the midfield for Smithton as Amanda House found the back of the net.

Queechy Penguins maintained their undefeated streak with a 3-1 win over Devonport at St Leonards. Sarah McRobbie proved dominant through the midfield, scoring alongside Jessica Curtis’ double. Emily Withington and Emma Kremerskothen both scored for Queechy while Abbie Murfet dug deep for Devonport, with Zarleena Cook scoring the goal.

In a high-scoring affair, defending champions West Devonport delivered against South Burnie, winning 3-2. Samantha Lawrence and Meah Leary performed for West Devonport and South Burnie respectively with Lawrence scoring twice. South Burnie’s Sarah Patchett found the back of the net twice.