Flames and Waratahs on the rampage

25-04-2020 by admin

WARATAHS and Flames produced season-best efforts, and in the Flames case, one of their best for a number of years, as they posted big wins in their Tamworth women’s first grade hockey clashes on Sunday.
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Tudors Emily Lockyer shadows Kimberley Resch on one of her many strong runs during their clash on Sunday. Photo: Gareth Gardner 150516GGB13

Flames out-classed Tudor Wests 15-nil with Tegan Smith slamming five goals and Julie Rodda and Emma Marvel scoring hat-tricks before Waratahs accounted for Olympians 9-1.

“We probably played the best hockey we have all year,” Waratahs coach Graeme McKenzie said.

They were still missing Sarah Askey and Georgia White but the disruption was minimal compared to what it has been.

“We started poorly again,” he said.

“It took us a while to get our passing game going.”

When they did they generally passed the ball around well, and created opportunities, which they, for the most part, took.

“We’re still not quite where we want to be,” McKenzie said.

“We still made lots of mistakes and poor passes, but generally it was up on everything we’ve done.”

Emily Heagney was very busy in the midfield, and also in the shootingcircle.

Pip Ash also has a strong game.

“I was really pleased particularly with Pip’s passing and linking,” he said.

“But she also scored a couple of goals, which was great.”

Olympians coach Andrew Farmilo was really happy with his side’s first 30 minutes.

“We were really good and really competitive and had a couple of good opportunities to score.”

“But we muffed them.

“We didn’t get good contact on the ball.”

That bit them when Waratahs then turned around and scored two quick goals.

“That changes the tempo of the game, when you miss and they go back and score,” Farmilo said.

Pleasingly though they continued to play positive hockey and didn’t just sit back and defend, until Waratahs scored their third.

Their heads dropped a bit after that.

But they got back on a roll, he said, and continued to try and attack and play expansive hockey.

He thought Em Chaffey and Flo Davidson were their best.

Chaffey was last week, along with Alice Arnott, Abigail Doolan and New England’s Tahlia Constance named in the NSW State 18s side to contest the National Championships in Launceston from July 8-17.

New England’s Brianna Sutton will join them down there after being selected in the Blues side. In the earlier game, Flames put together what coach Barrie Pritchard described as one of their best matches in many years.

“The first half started with Flames making several attacking raids and then defending two Tudor penalty corners before the deadlock was broken after nine minutes with a powerful penalty corner layoff goal by Ash Allen,” Pritchard reported.

From there they took control of the game and “in 25 minutes of great passing hockey” rushed to an 8-0 lead at half time.

“The midfield of Kate Ferguson, Kim Resch and Naomi Spark worked hard and controlled most of the half setting up the strikers with great runs and passing,” he said. The second half started at the same pace with Sophie Littlejohns converting a great cross from Ash Allen with a strong slap-shot for the first of seven goals for the half.

Several of those came from interceptions created by the press they applied.

Rodda had a super game, he said, and was well supported by Smith up front and Marvell, who is a school teacher in Narrabri.

Resch also again created many goal scoring opportunities with super speed and passing.

Although not under a lot of pressure he said the defence of Mel Allen, Helena Williamson, Bek May, Ash Allen and goal keeper Tracey Freeman defused several Tudor attacking raids.

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