BRISBANE HOCKEY LEAGUE - Round 15
Sitting outside the top five with four games left before finals, Easts showed its premiership defence isn’t over by beating Commercial in game 150 for Tigers striker Jacob Webber. Commercial’s Kye Hawgood scored after five minutes but Easts regrouped to lead 2-1 at halftime at the Clem Jones Sports Complex. Arin Doig scored straight after the break for Easts to lead 3-1, before Commercial’s Adam McClelland struck to halve the margin. Down 4-2 with five minutes to go, Jared Taylor’s goal gave the Cobras hope, but Doig scored again to seal Easts’ 5-3 win.
Valley has beaten Redcliffe Leagues twice in a season for the first time this century, after continuing its recent advantage over the baysiders. Goals to Steve Bayliss and Tobias Figura saw Valley lead 2-0 at Burringbar Park before Pete Somers scored for Redcliffe Leagues, his first goal in Division 1 since 2005. Blake Wotherspoon scored to wrap up a 3-1 win for Valley, which has only lost one of six games against Redcliffe Leagues over the past three years, and is close to finishing above the Redmen on the ladder in three straight seasons for the first time since 1994.
Sitting in sixth position on the ladder three weeks ago, Pine Rivers St Andrews is now up to fourth after downing Kedron-Wavell. The Brendale-based club has lost just one of its past seven games after winning 5-1 at Burringbar Park, the Saints’ eighth straight win against the Wolves. Goals to Max Harding and Luke Reddiex had Pine Rivers St Andrews up 2-0, before Matt Argent got Kedron-Wavell back in the contest against his former team, with a penalty corner goal on halftime. The Saints completed the win with three unanswered goals after the halftime break.
Bulimba extended its lead at the top of the competition ladder to two points, despite the Bulls being held to a draw by University of Queensland. The recent history of close clashes between the teams continued at the State Hockey Centre, with the 2-2 result the third draw between the Bulls and Redmen in four meetings. The teams went goal for goal, with strikes to Troy Elder (Bulimba), Jake Hathway (University) and Michael Francis (Bulimba) making the score at 2-1 after 21 minutes, before Andrew Newman scored the final equalising goal for the Redmen in the 44th minute.
Aaron Weiss and Brad Hughes were the stars as Labrador kept Norths scoreless for the third time in four meetings between the two teams. When the sides met earlier this year goalkeeper Weiss kept a clean sheet and striker Hughes hit a hat-trick of goals, and both players did the same again as Labrador won at the State Hockey Centre. A penalty corner goal to Corey Piggin just before halftime proved costly for Norths, putting the Eagles down 3-0 at the main break. Two late goals to Hughes in the final seven minutes of the game saw Labrador pull away to win 6-0.
Easts 5 (Arin Doig 2, Jacob Webber, Tim Howard, Robert Bell) defeated Commercial 3 (Kye Hawgood, Adam McClelland, Jared Taylor) at the Clem Jones Sports Complex, Carina.
Valley 3 (Steve Bayliss, Tobias Figura, Blake Wotherspoon) defeated Redcliffe Leagues 1 (Pete Somers) at Burringbar Park, Chermside.
Pine Rivers St Andrews 5 (Luke Reddiex 2, Max Harding, Zac Day, Jacob Anderson) defeated Kedron-Wavell 1 (Matt Argent) at Burringbar Park, Chermside.
Bulimba 2 (Troy Elder, Michael Francis) drew with University of Queensland 2 (Jake Hathway, Andrew Newman) at the State Hockey Centre, Colmslie.
Labrador 6 (Brad Hughes 3, Corey Weyer 2, Corey Piggin) defeated Norths 0 at the State Hockey Centre, Colmslie.
POINTS: Bulimba 35, Commercial 33, Labrador 33, Pine Rivers St Andrews 31, University of Queensland 31, Easts 28, Valley 13*, Kedron-Wavell 9, Redcliffe Leagues 6, Norths 0.
* Valley deducted three points.
LEADING GOAL SCORERS: 30 – Cale Cramer (Bulimba); 20 – Jared Taylor (Commercial); 19 – Joel Rintala (University of Queensland); 16 – Jake Burns (Commercial), Brad Hughes (Labrador), Adam McClelland (Commercial), Jason Wilson (Labrador); 15 – Robert Bell (Easts); 14 – Corey Weyer (Labrador); 13 – Kye Hawgood (Commercial); 12 – Joe Reardon (Labrador).
Compiled by Lee Oliver. Photos by Hockey Photos Brisbane.
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