BRISBANE HOCKEY LEAGUE - Round 1
Valley's day went from decent to disastrous in the clash against three-time defending champions Easts at the Clem Jones Sports Centre. Valley scored first through Alwyn Krusi before Robert Bell flicked in two penalty corner goals for Easts to lead 2-1 at halftime. Easts blew away their opponents with three goals in four minutes straight after the break, contributing to a six-goal third quarter that helped the Tigers streak away to triumph 10-2. Queensland Blades star Bell scored five goals and New Zealand under-20 player Kurt Ford hit a hat-trick.
Cale Cramer scored a hat-trick before his Bulimba side hit two late goals to sink Pine Rivers St Andrews. Both teams had an Olympic gold medal winner get on the score sheet, but Bulimba emerged from Burringbar Park with the win after a hard fought contest. Goals to Jason Hullick and ex-Kookaburras star Liam de Young had Pine Rivers St Andrews in a position to challenge for victory, down just 3-2 with fulltime approaching. But two goals in the final five minutes, to Michael Bates and Olympic champion Troy Elder, saw Bulimba pull away to win 5-2.
A gallant Kedron-Wavell outfit fought hard to overcome a deficit but eventually went down to Labrador 4-2, giving Simon Martin a win in his first match in charge of the Gold Coast side. Labrador led 2-0 at Burringbar Park but the Wolves fought back with goals to Jacob Jennison and John Parker, which tied the scores at 2-2 at halftime, before Labrador scored twice in the last seven minutes. Corey Weyer hit two goals for Labrador, Bradley Hughes got on the score sheet while Sam Young, an off-season signing from Grafton, scored on debut.
Commercial captain Kye Hawgood led by example for the Cobras, scoring four goals as the premiership heavyweights ran riot against an understrength Norths side. The 2015 grand finalists thrashed the depleted wooden-spooners, missing seven first-team players, in a lopsided local derby at the State Hockey Centre. The Cobras led 2-0 at quarter-time and then 4-0 at halftime, before running rampant in the second half of the match. Jared Taylor registered a hat-trick for Commercial, while Kris Glass and Shane Kenny both scored twice in a 13-0 win.
University of Queensland came from behind to overcome Redcliffe Leagues 5-4 at the State Hockey Centre. Goals to James Hawley, David Halliday and Simon Munro – his first in the top grade – gave Redcliffe Leagues a 3-1 lead and the peninsula side looked on track for its first win in a Round 1 match since 2012. But University of Queensland scored four unanswered goals, to Drew Wenzel, Jake Hathway, Lachlan Brownhalls and Aidan Rintala – who is edging closer to 50 goals in Division 1 – to set up an impressive comeback win for the students.
Easts 10 (Robert Bell 5, Kurt Ford 3, Matt Pembroke, Adam Gill) defeated Valley 2 (Alwyn Krusi 2) at the Clem Jones Sports Centre, Carina.
Bulimba 5 (Cale Cramer 3, Michael Bates, Troy Elder) defeated Pine Rivers St Andrews 2 (Jason Hullick, Liam de Young) at Burringbar Park, Chermside.
Labrador 4 (Corey Weyer 2, Sam Young, Brad Hughes) defeated Kedron-Wavell 2 (John Parker, Jacob Jennison) at Burringbar Park, Chermside.
Commercial 13 (Kye Hawgood 4, Jared Taylor 3, Kris Glass 2, Shane Kenny 2, Jens Christensen, Jarrod Carseldine) defeated Norths 0 at the State Hockey Centre, Colmslie.
University of Queensland 5 (Drew Wenzel 2, Jake Hathway, Aidan Rintala, Lachlan Brownhalls) defeated Redcliffe Leagues 4 (David Halliday 2, James Hawley, Simon Munro) at the State Hockey Centre, Colmslie.
POINTS: Commercial 3, Easts 3, Bulimba 3, Labrador 3, University of Queensland 3, Redcliffe Leagues 0, Kedron-Wavell 0, Pine Rivers St Andrews 0, Valley 0, Norths 0.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS:
5 - Robert Bell (Easts); 4 - Kye Hawgood (Commercial); 3 - Cale Cramer (Bulimba), Kurt Ford (Easts), Jared Taylor (Commercial).
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