The Western Australian menís and womenís AHL teams have
qualified for the semi finals of the 2012 tournament edition, with both sides
finishing second in their respective leagues.
The WA Thundersticks, suffered a shock 2-1 loss to South
Australia in its final round match in Canberra, but still progressed to the
semi finals with a five win, two loss record from its seven matches. The
defending champion will face New South Wales on Friday for a spot in the 2012
Having taken the lead in the 19th minute, the
Thundersticks appeared goo value to protect its top ranked standing in the
Australian Hockey League. A second half fight-back from the South Australians
however, turned the ladder on its head, with goals to Alistair Wick from a 59thminute penalty corner, and Tom Wickham via a 65th minute field goal
relegating WA to second place, and a tough semi final clash with NSW.
The loss to South Australia, bookended what has been a
strange campaign thus far from the West Australians, who followed a thumping
6-0 defeat in its first match, with a five match un-beaten streak before losing
its last match in the nationís capital.
The WA Diamonds ended their round phase of the womenís
tournament in Perth with a 3-2 win over Victoria and will face the Vipers again
on Friday in the second semi-final, with the winner to face either Queensland
or New South Wales in 2012 playoff. The Diamonds ended their seven match
campaign with five wins, one lose and a draw.
WA will be in high spirits for the clash however, having
hung on through a bitter Victorian second half onslaught to secure the one goal
win and consolidate second spot.
Goals to Caitlin Pascov (32m), Katherine Slattery (38m) and
Katy Symons (42m) appeared to have the Diamonds headed for a comfortable
victory, before the Vipers stung back with two goals in four minutes to set up
a barn-storming finish. WA was able to resist, and will take bragging rights
into the semi final rematch at the Perth International Hockey Stadium on