BRISBANE HOCKEY LEAGUE - Round 8
Two goals in two minutes either side of the halftime break set University of Queensland on the path to a come-from-behind upset victory over competition leaders Commercial. Goals to Jake Burns and Kye Hawgood had Commercial up 2-0 at Burringbar Park, before Aidan Rintala and Oliver Crane scored immediately before and after halftime, to tie the scores. University’s Drew Wenzel slotted the go-ahead goal with 12 minutes remaining, before a last-minute Joel Rintala score sealed University’s 4-2 win - the students’ first victory over the Cobras since 2009.
The competition’s in-form scoring outfit, Labrador, put nine shots into the Valley net at Keith Hunt Park to extend its winning streak to five games. Former Australian Kookaburras striker and Hockey India League winner Jason Wilson dominated Valley's defenders, scoring five goals for the match as the Tigerstix won 9-2. Labrador scored three times in the first seven minutes of the game and had amassed six goals by halftime. Corey Weyer netted two goals to make it seven goals in five games, while the Gold Coast team has averaged 8.4 goals per game over its past five matches.
Bulimba made it a four-way tie at the top of the competition ladder after the undermanned Bulls defeated Easts at the Clem Jones Sports Complex. Missing first-team regulars such as Michael Bates, Jaryd Cutler, Michael Francis, Blake Wallis and Joel Latham, Bulimba scored a goal in each quarter of the game, leading all the way to record a 4-3 win. Two Cale Cramer goals had Bulimba up 2-1 at halftime, before extending to 3-2 by the end of the third quarter. Justin Douglas’ goal with 10 minutes left saw Bulimba go ahead 4-2, before Jacob Webber scored late on for Easts.
Kedron-Wavell has won back-to-back games for the first time since the club’s re-entry to Division 1 in 2013, coming from behind to defeat Norths at Burringbar Park. Norths took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break after Dan Fletcher and new signing, Australian Country captain Chris Mantell, scored within two minutes of each other. Joel Ackermann halved the margin for Kedron-Wavell, before the Wolves hit the front with two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game. Both goals, to Jacob Jennison and Corey Cox, came from penalty corner set plays instigated by Ed Hamill.
Pine Rivers St Andrews is just three points off the competition lead after beating Redcliffe Leagues 6-0 for the second straight match. Todd Harmsworth scored twice as the Saints hit three goals either side of halftime. The match was scoreless for 24 minutes before Harmsworth, Craig Smith and John Mynott scored in the last 10 minutes of the second quarter. Pine Rivers St Andrews has won three of its last four matches at Mary Nairn Fields, scoring 15 goals while conceding five, while Redcliffe Leagues has been held scoreless in the past two games on home turf.
University of Queensland 4 (Aidan Rintala, Oliver Crane, Drew Wenzel, Joel Rintala) defeated Commercial 2 (Jake Burns, Kye Hawgood) at Burringbar Park, Chermside.
Labrador 9 (Jason Wilson 5, Corey Weyer 2, Joe Reardon, Luke Tyne) defeated Valley 2 (Sam Ruprecht, Steven Bayliss) at Keith Hunt Park, Labrador.
Bulimba 4 (Cale Cramer 2, Troy Elder, Justin Douglas) defeated Easts 3 (Scott Boyde, Tim Howard, Jacob Webber) at Clem Jones Sports Complex, Carina.
Kedron-Wavell 3 (Joel Ackermann, Jacob Jennison, Corey Cox) defeated Norths 2 (Dan Fletcher, Chris Mantell) at Burringbar Park, Chermside.
Pine Rivers St Andrews 6 (Todd Harmsworth 2, Craig Smith, Josh Mynott, Luke Reddiex, Max Harding) defeated Redcliffe Leagues 0 at Mary Nairn Fields, Redcliffe.
POINTS: Easts 18, Commercial 18, Labrador 18, Bulimba 18, Pine Rivers St Andrews 15, University of Queensland 15, Kedron-Wavell 9, Valley 3*, Redcliffe Leagues 3, Norths 0.
* Valley deducted three competition points for player registration breach.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS: 16 - Cale Cramer (Bulimba); 12 - Jared Taylor (Commercial), Jason Wilson (Labrador); 11 - Robert Bell (Easts); 9 - Kye Hawgood (Commercial), Brad Hughes (Labrador), Corey Weyer (Labrador); 7 - Kurt Ford (Easts), Joe Reardon (Labrador), Joel Rintala (University of Queensland).
Compiled by Lee Oliver. Photos by Lee Oliver and Husted Images.
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