Mixed fortunes for EGHA teams at annual women’s country week series

Neale HarveyKalgoorlie Miner
CBC’s Mia Dellar and Norths’ Mischa Rodier during the A1 women’s Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association grand final
Camera IconCBC’s Mia Dellar and Norths’ Mischa Rodier during the A1 women’s Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association grand final Credit: Amber Lilley/Kalgoorlie Miner/RegionalHUB

Three teams representing the Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association at last weekend’s annual women’s country championships in Perth turned in mixed performances, led by a runners-up trophy in the Masters’ second division.

After not being represented at the 2023 carnival, the EGHA returned to the top division with high hopes.

But they were bundled out of title contention following a pair of 2-0 defeats when the series opened last Friday.

It was followed on Saturday by a 2-0 defeat and a 0-0 draw that left them in fifth place among the outright standings.

Bunbury were crowned champions after defeating Upper Great Southern in the final, 1-0.

Geraldton went in as the defending champions but finished third, ahead of Lower Great Southern.

“All of the (division one) games were quite close and could have gone either way,” EGHA secretary Michelle Barnfield said.

“The girls couldn’t quite get those breakthroughs when we most needed them – that might have been inexperience with some of them having not been to country week before and having to step-up.

“But I thought young Mia Dellar played out of her skin and as a junior, was one of the best out there.”

Goldfields’ Masters’ squad made the final against Lower Great Southern, but lowered their colours, 4-0.

An EGHA team contesting division four finished ninth.

Barnfield said returning to the championships after a year’s absence was an important step forward.

“It basically gets down to people stepping in to help with the organisation,” she said.

“This year’s level of support was very high which has reinvigorated our members to be strongly represented again next year.”

Esperance lifted the division three trophy with a 3-0 triumph in the final against East Avon.

After last weekend’s bye for the country championships, A1 women’s fixtures resume on Saturday at 5.30pm when Mines play YMHC/Pegasus and CBC oppose Norths at 7pm.

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