Strikers women continue form with weekend win

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Strikers' Phil Moore slaps the ball down the pitch in his side’s loss to the Joondalup Lakers.
Camera IconStrikers' Phil Moore slaps the ball down the pitch in his side’s loss to the Joondalup Lakers. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock

The South West Strikers women’s team has continued its promising season with a 4-1 win over Old Guildford-Midland Hockey Club at the Bunbury Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

In almost a repeat of their last match, the Strikers scored first through talented youngster Georgina Dowd.

However, a swag of chances went begging for the Strikers, who were unable to extend their lead on multiple occasions.

Eight penalty corners won against four tells the story, with a desperate Old Guildford-Midland defence repelling the Strikers.

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After Dowd’s opening goal, fellow teenager Phoenix Green latched on to a cross from a strong 50m dash up the right flank by speedy Charlotte Massey to slam a hot shot goalwards, but Old Guildford-Midland goalkeeper Amy Hartman was up to her task.

Several Strikers’ shots were slammed cleanly goalwards but the visitors’ defence was solid.

Skipper Jenna Gmeiner, Dowd and company put the oppositions’ goalie to the test until Tahnee Gibbons finally found the backboard with a deflection of a Charlotte Massey cross.

The second half had the Strikers hit back hard with Scout Regan making it 3-0 before Meg Armstrong pulled one back for Old Guildford-Midland at the 21-minute mark.

Allyce Sewell slotted the Strikers’ fourth from a scramble in the circle.

Earlier in the men’s game, the Strikers suffered a close 2-1 loss to the Joondalup Lakers.

The Strikers were put on the scoreboard with a penalty corner conversion by youngster Logan Pilatti, a lead they held for half an hour until George McCarthy and Shane Quesney stunned the home side with two quick goals just before half-time.

This Sunday both Strikers teams will do battle against the Rockingham Redbacks at the Busselton Hockey Stadium.

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