Thundersticks have suffered a 6-0 defeat to Queensland in the opening match of
the 2012 men’s Australian Hockey League in Canberra.
Blades made up for last year’s disappointing performance when they beat the
2011 AHL Champions with Jamie Dwyer scoring a hattrick.
From the first
minute, the game was played at a fast-pace with the exceptional skills of
current and former Australian representatives entertaining the crowd.
opened the scoring with a field goal in the fifth minute. The game then settled
down with end-to-end passing and following good lead up work from Matthew
Swann, the Blades received a short corner, which was converted by Jamie Dwyer
in the 19th minute.
to regain ascendancy was made more difficult two minutes before half time when
Rob Hammond took a quick free hit from outside the 25 and hammered the ball to
Dwyer whose deflection gave the Blades a 3-0 lead at the break.
Thundersticks showed greater purpose after the break, with veteran Bevan George
prominent in both attack and defence.
minutes, a short corner gave Dwyer his third goal when his corner flick was
deflected beyond goal keeper Tristan Clemons (WAIS).
Queensland’s four goal lead, Clemons led a resolute Thundersticks defence which
had to work fervently to keep Queensland’s attack led by Troy Elder, Matthew
Gohdes and captain Liam de Young at bay.
tackling and defensive efforts proved fruitless in the last 15 minutes as Dylan
Wotherspoon picked up his first goal of the tournament to give the Blades a
comfortable five goal lead. Then, with less than two minutes on the clock, a
beautiful flowing move between Kane Posselt, Whetton and Wotherspoon opened up
the WA defence which conceded a penalty stroke, converted by the irrepressible
result of an entertaining game was Queensland Blades 6, WA Thundersticks 0.