GNL Hockey | Queechy overrun by dominant Marians

CIVIL WAR: Launceston City's Claudia Gruber battles with South Launceston Suns' number 58 Lauren Farrell for possession. Picture: Paul Scambler.
CIVIL WAR: Launceston City's Claudia Gruber battles with South Launceston Suns' number 58 Lauren Farrell for possession. Picture: Paul Scambler.

City Marians proved too strong for Queechy Penguins with Rhys Burgess’ consistency on show again, providing many chances through the midfield as Lindon McCarthy scored twice for City in the 4-2 win. 

Evan Lawrence kept Queechy in striking distance with Finn Bailey and Matthew Franklin scoring for the Penguins.

South Burnie continued their run of form with a 6-2 win over Tamar Churinga. Tamar scored early through Robert Partridge, but Stuart Bowles hit back with a penalty corner conversion to even the ledger. South was able to score twice more to be up 3-1 at half time and overran an improving Tamar Churinga in the second half.

Smithton dominated early against West Devonport, running out 3-2 winners. Trailing 3-1 at half time, West Devonport applied pressure in the third quarter and Zeke Hausmann picked his second goal, but the Smithton defence Nigel Kingston and goalkeeper Dylan Jago stopped the momentum and saved the game.

Defending champions Burnie Baptist kept their perfect record intact with a classy 5-1 win over Devonport. Midfielder Marty Bissett was at his best for Baptist, with Braden Johnson scoring twice in the win. Sam Phillips scored for Baptist and put in a competitive performance alongside coach Mick Williams.

South Launceston Suns and Launceston City played out a 2-all draw as City picked up their first points for the season. Suns were dangerous in attack throughout the match and penetrated the circle regularly, but City’s younger players and defensive unit stood up and saved the game for City to share the points.

In the women’s competition, South Launceston Suns and Launceston City lived up to its billing as potential match of the round as South won a close encounter 1-0. Launceston City consistently applied pressure to the Suns’ defence, but Kira Budgeon and Mia Clark stood up for the Suns.

West Devonport was clinical in a 5-0 display over Smithton at Meercroft Park. Converting a penalty corner in the first two minutes of the game, West Devonport was helped by dominant performances from Angela McAuliffe and Samantha Lawrence. Smithton’s defence again held strong with goalkeeper Melissa Dodd guarding with precision.

Queechy Penguins and City Marians shared the points in an intense 2-all draw. Queechy’s goals came in the first quarter through Sarah McRobbie and Lucy Cooper to lead 2-0 at half time. Queechy’s Josie Kremerskothen was solid, but Marians displayed impressive attacking play in the second half. Captain Monique Grundy and Lillian Gates were consistent.

South Burnie proved dominant against Devonport with a 7-1 win. South opened the scoring in the first 15 minutes through Kim Skene and kept the floodgates open until a Jane Winkel goal with nine minutes to go opened Devonport’s scoring. South’s Jennifer Phillips was instrumental with Devonport defender Holly Johnson putting in the hard yards.