The first round of finals produced a mixed bag of results for the La Trobe University Hockey Club, with three teams left standing fighting for a Premiership.
First up the Men’s Masters 45s played Geelong on Monday night, just securing a win the final minutes against a previously undefeated top of the ladder. They progress straight into the Grand Final in two weeks.
At home on the weekend saw the Men’s 5s and Men’s 3s fight to keep in the finals, both finishing third on the ladder in Metro 2 East and North respectively. The Men’s 5s put up a brave fight, and held the lead for most of the game but sadly went down to a stroke awarded after the siren finishing up 3-4 against MHSOB. This is their first year in Metro 2 having been promoted from Metro 3 last season, and an incredible effort to finish third.
The Men’s 3s had a little more luck playing Kew in the sunshine, and secured a 2-1 win with a marvelous stroke save by Andrew Scoberg in goals. They progress into the Preliminary Finals this weekend against Powerhouse.
Across in the Eastern suburbs the Women’s 4s also played a dangerous looking Kew in Metro 1 South East after finishing second on the ladder. Finishing the first half in a 1 all draw, Kew managed to get the best of them finishing 1-4. The Women have a second chance next week against Melbourne University with a win taking them into the Grand Final.
PRELIMINARY FINAL FIXTURE
– Men’s 3s (Metro 2 North) against Powerhouse at Albert Park 12.30pm Saturday
– Women’s 4s (Metro 1 South East) against Melbourne University at Home 2.30pm Saturday
GRAND FINAL FIXTURE
– Men’s Masters (45s B North West) against Yarra Valley at TBA Monday