Thundersticks have thumped hosts Canberra 9-1 in a lesson of fast, flowing
attacking hockey in the menís AHL competition.
With all teams
fighting for positions in the playoffs, goal difference may be important and WA
did their campaign no harm with this result.
opening whistle, the local team had no time to settle and conceded two early
goals to the rampaging WA forward line led by Chris Bausor and WAIS athlete Trent
struggled to make any impression on their opposition. Hesitant and indecisive
in defence, they turned the ball over in midfield too often, conceding
territory and possession. Shortly after, another ACT error after more ruthless
WA pressure saw Tim Bates continue his good form when he converted a penalty
corner in the 11th minute.
but with Craig Boyne, Andrew Jacobs and Grant Schubert also playing superbly up
front, it was only a matter of time before more goals were conceded and Brent
Dancer (WAIS) obliged with a penalty corner just before half time. The second
half started in a similar fashion, with WA picking a fifth goal in the first 30
seconds to Alistair Park.
ACT tried to
get back into the game and were rewarded when Kenji Hinde finished off a good
move to make the score 5-1. A focused and determined Thundersticks responded
immediately with three goals in the next ten minutes, including a field goal to
Craig Boyne and penalty stroke to Chris Bausor to give him his second for the
game. A sweeping move between Bates, Mitton and captain Kiel Brown (WAIS) ended
successfully for WA when the ball fell nicely to Bates who finished off with a
well-taken field goal.
his second for the match in the final few seconds to give WA a commanding 9-1
victory over a lackluster ACT.