Chris Shipman of the Southside Redbacks looks to pass
Chris Shipman of the Southside Redbacks looks to pass

Red Backs make it four from four in a firery finale

By GREG WHITE

THE fairytale finish came true for Southside Redbacks in their last game before disbanding when they defeated Sawtell Cougars 4-2 in the Men's B Grade hockey grand final. In four years, it's been four premierships, with this one close to their toughest. Sawtell were expected to get in the faces of their younger rivals and didn't disappoint. At times, tempers neared boiling point. While it didn't quite get physical, there was the occasional shirtfronting and a few less than pleasant words exchanged. Jeremy Wilson scored for the Cougars shortly before Heath Edwards levelled. A shock goal to Anthony Clack had Sawtell 2-1 ahead at the break, much to the consternation of the Redbacks goalie who thumped the back of the net when the ball sailed through. Heath Edwards brought up his double with a screamer to equalise from 20m outside the circle and by the time Kel Wilton goaled, the Redbacks were just about there. A Sawtell mix-up out front of the box in the final minute gave Kel Wilton an invitation he couldn't refuse, and with his last drive, the Redbacks had attained a 100 per cent premiership record with a final 4-2 scoreline.

n Northside Beaches upset minor premiers Southside Huntsmen in the grand final of Men's C Grade hockey on Saturday. Attacking from the start, Beaches were on the scoreboard within the first two minutes before Huntsmen equalised 90 seconds later. With goals being traded freely, Beaches took a 3-2 lead into the break and looked set to run away in the second period. But three key saves by the Southside goalkeeper, including a clearing kick that had the ball sailing over the fence, had them verging on the edge of frustration. In the dying seconds, Southside tried valiantly to level, without success. When the end came, it was a shock. On the last tick of the clock and with the siren sounding, Scott McKenzie drilled a bullet into the net to bring up a 4-2 final result for Beaches.



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