BRISBANE HOCKEY LEAGUE - Round 17
Bulimba edged closer to its first Minor Premiership in 14 years after beating Easts 5-2 at the State Hockey Centre. Bulimba substitute Jaryd Cutler opened the scoring with his second touch of the ball after 10 minutes, before goals to Simon Borger and Matt Rutter, set up by a long run by speedy Justin Douglas in his 100th game, had the Bulls up 3-0 at halftime. Troy Elder then scored Bulimba’s fourth unanswered goal. Robert Bell scored two penalty corner goals for Easts, either side of a sharp tomahawk finish from near the backline by young Bull Michael Francis.
Two quick-fire penalty corner goals to Matt Argent set Kedron-Wavell on the way to a 2-1 win over Norths. With his side chasing rare back-to-back wins, Argent slotted drag flicks in the 19th and 22nd minutes at the Clem Jones Sports Complex. Norths made good inroads into the Wolves defence after halftime and almost pulled a goal back when Mitch Plos shot just wide of the net from a tight angle. Plos scored a deserved goal with three minutes left, set up by Aaron Grigg’s incisive run down the sideline, but the clock was Norths’ enemy as they sought an equaliser.
Toowoomba imports in the Pine Rivers St Andrews team dominated the scoring as the Saints secured a first semi-finals berth since 2012. Five Toowoomba products scored goals as the Saints kept Redcliffe Leagues scoreless at the Clem Jones Sports Complex. Goals to Max Harding and Craig Smith in the first quarter set the Saints on the way to beating Redcliffe Leagues 6-0 for a third consecutive occasion. Andrew Richards gave Pine Rivers St Andrews a 3-0 halftime lead, and the Saints extended to 5-0 before Nathan Case wrapped up the victory in the last quarter.
Commercial has scored 100 goals in a regular season for first time since 2008, after coming from behind to beat University of Queensland 3-2. Goals to Commercial’s Kye Hawgood and University’s Andrew Newman saw the score 1-1 at halftime at the State Hockey Centre. The Redmen were down players for a total of 15 minutes during the match, as Lachlan Brownhalls and Joel Rintala were shown yellow cards. University took the lead through Aidan Rintala, but goals to Adam McClelland and Wayne Barry, with three minutes left, gave Commercial the win.
Labrador wrapped up an important top-three finish for the second time in three years, and kept hopes of a maiden Minor Premiership in the Brisbane competition alive, after edging past Valley. Labrador led all game at Burringbar Park before emerging with a close 5-4 win. It looked like a similar result to Labrador’s 9-2 over Valley in May was on the cards early, after Corey Weyer and Brad Hughes scored inside nine minutes for the Tigerstix. Weyer and Jason Wilson ended the game with two goals each for Labrador, while Blake Wotherspoon scored twice for Valley.
Bulimba 5 (Jaryd Cutler, Simon Borger, Matt Rutter, Troy Elder, Michael Francis) defeated Easts 2 (Robert Bell 2) at the State Hockey Centre, Colmslie.
Kedron-Wavell 2 (Matt Argent 2) defeated Norths 1 (Mitch Plos) at the Clem Jones Sports Complex, Carina.
Pine Rivers St Andrews 6 (Craig Smith 2, Max Harding, Andrew Richards, Jacob Anderson, Nathan Case) defeated Redcliffe Leagues 0 at the Clem Jones Sports Complex, Carina.
Commercial 3 (Kye Hawgood, Adam McClelland, Wayne Barry) defeated University of Queensland 2 (Andrew Newman, Aidan Rintala) at the State Hockey Centre, Colmslie.
Labrador 5 (Corey Weyer 2, Jason Wilson 2, Brad Hughes) defeated Valley 4 (Blake Wotherspoon 2, Tobias Figura, Hewy Rendell) at Burringbar Park, Chermside.
POINTS: Bulimba 41, Labrador 39, Commercial 37, Pine Rivers St Andrews 35, Easts 31, University of Queensland 31, Kedron-Wavell 15, Valley 13*, Redcliffe Leagues 6, Norths 0.
* Deducted 3 points
LEADING GOAL SCORERS: 30 – Cale Cramer (Bulimba); 20 – Robert Bell (Easts), Joel Rintala (University of Queensland), Jared Taylor (Commercial); 18 – Brad Hughes (Labrador), Jason Wilson (Labrador); 17 – Jake Burns (Commercial), Adam McClelland (Commercial); 16 – Corey Weyer (Labrador); 14 – Kye Hawgood (Commercial); 13 – Joe Reardon (Labrador).
Compiled by Lee Oliver. Photos by Lee Oliver.
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