GNL Hockey | Penguins win sends Burnie’s hopes south

PROLIFIC: Queechy's Sarah McRobbie in action. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to defeat South Burnie who claimed a narrow 2-1 win. Picture: Scott Gelston
PROLIFIC: Queechy's Sarah McRobbie in action. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to defeat South Burnie who claimed a narrow 2-1 win. Picture: Scott Gelston

Queechy Penguins buoyed their finals hopes with a 3-2 win against a depleted third-placed South Burnie.

Both sides fought for the lead all day, with scores from regular suspects Evan Lawrence and Stuart Bowles. Jeremy Tyson put the nail in the coffin to give Queechy the win.

Burnie Baptist showed their class with an 8-0 win over Launceston City. Coming off a win last week, City ran into the rampaging Baptist unit, who answered with six individual goal scorers.

Mathew Selby provided many opportunities for Baptist with goalkeeper David Reid and promising junior Joe Short pushing for City.

Devonport kept themselves within a win of fourth place with an enthralling 4-3 win against Smithton. Devonport pushed into attack with regularity in a hard-fought first quarter, rewarded with a Lochie Murfet goal. Callum Dubbald and Richard Cornish both scored twice for their respective sides, with Devonport coach Mick Williams the difference in the midfield.

Brad Buchanan continued his goal-scoring prowess with a hat trick in South Launceston’s 7-1 win over Tamar Churinga.

Sam Elliston-Buckley chipped in with two goals as the unbeaten ladder leaders won their eleventh game for the season. Despite the score line, Tamar goalkeeper Dan James and defender Rob Partridge were exceptional.  

Luc Redman provided a clinical performance in defence as West Devonport salvaged a draw against fifth-placed City Marians.

Matt Baxter scored both for West as Redman, alongside Jono Emmett in defence were fantastic. City’s David Townsend scored his first, with Matt Cameron scoring the other. Rhys Burgess continued his run of form.

In the women’s competition, City Marians maintained their top spot on the ladder with a 2-0 win over nearest rivals, West Devonport. Kira Johnson slotted both goals for the victors, with Zayna Jackson supporting her to perfection.

Defender Lucy Withers and Sam Gray put the pressure on for West, but City remained too strong.

Smithton overcame Devonport in a tight 1-0 win, the second of the season for the Saints. Demi Littlejohn starred for the home team, with Abbey House scoring her second goal for the season. Raquel Innis is in impressive form for Devonport.  

South Burnie continued their run of season-defining wins with a 2-1 win over Queechy Penguins. Talia Britton scored both South’s goals, with Robyn Locke providing quality ball for the side all day. Young gun Lucy Cooper scored and impressed for Queechy, as Sarah McRobbie was prolific once again for the home side.  

Launceston City resumed their run towards finals with a hard-fought 4-2 win over close rivals South Launceston Suns. Emily Nunn and Emma Pitomaki scored a pair of goals for City, while Jo Brumby was strong throughout. Hannah Connelly and Rene Hamilton slotted in goals for South as Kira Budgeon kept them in the hunt.