Tigers in big struggle

Hervey Bay’s James Manson has the Granville defence hopping as he takes a shot on goal in the Premier League hockey match.
Hervey Bay’s James Manson has the Granville defence hopping as he takes a shot on goal in the Premier League hockey match. Alistair Brightman

FIVE years ago was the last time Granville's Premier League hockey men's team stepped foot on Hervey Bay's grass pitch.

Consequently, it showed in their performance on Saturday.

The Tigers were far from the team that won 13 consecutive Maryborough District Hockey Association A1 titles, as they were forced to share the spoils with their intercity rival Hervey Bay.

The final score finished 1-all.

In a game dominated by poor weather conditions because of a sudden downpour, the Tigers opened the ledger through John-Paul Kahler.

But after the heavens opened above Torquay's McFie Park, Granville's free-flowing attack slowed down.

The hosts took control of the game in the second half.

And despite Tigers goalkeeper Tom Revell fending off numerous forays into the circle, Hervey Bay's persistence eventually paid off when Shawn Young equalised from a penalty corner.

Hervey Bay player/coach Phil Taylor said he was proud of the way his men fought back after being a goal down early.

"We've got a young team and we got a bit overawed at the start of the game, but the second half was good, very good," he said.

But Taylor admitted he was disappointed his side couldn't make the most of their oppor-tunities.

"We've got a pretty good record at home, so it's a good result against a good team. But we would have liked to have got the three points," he said. "We controlled the play, (but) we just couldn't get the ball in the net."

The Tigers struggled to adjust to the grass pitch but coach Aaron Kenny, who filled in for injured player Joel Helmstedt, wasn't about to use that as an excuse.

"I thought we should have made more of our earlier opportunities and have a bit more of a buffer," he said. "We wanted to win, so the result is not a good one for us. But you can't whinge about it now. Hervey Bay played well for their point."

The Hervey Bay club enjoyed less success in the women's competition, with a double to Brooke Savage lifting Granville Rovers to a 3-0 win over Hervery Bay on Friday night.

In other games of the round, the Wallaroos drew 1-all with Tinana in a rematch of last year's Maryborough District Hockey Association A1 women's grand final.

Brothers were kept scoreless by Arrows/Athletics, who triumphed 2-0 after goals to Kirsty McCulloch and Ali Dunn.




Hervey Bay 1 drew with Granville 1


Wallaroos 1 drew with Tinana 1

Granville 3 defeated Hervey Bay 0

Arrows/Athletics 2 defeated Brothers 0

Topics:  granville tigers maryborough district hockey association phil taylor

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