All Blacks forced to work hard for title

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Women’s B-grade 2018 premiers, All Blacks
Camera IconWomen’s B-grade 2018 premiers, All Blacks

All Blacks pulled off a dramatic victory over Warriors to claim their first Upper Great Southern Hockey Associatio women’s B-grade title last Saturday.

The match was stretched into overtime, after 70 minutes of play could not separate the sides.

All Blacks’ Vanessa Perkins in the Women’s B-grade
Camera IconAll Blacks’ Vanessa Perkins in the Women’s B-grade

All Blacks’ Jorja Young broke the scoreboard deadlock in the 22nd nd minute of the first half.

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Back-to-back goals to Emma Hay in the last 10 minutes of the first half gave Warriors a 2-1 advantage going into the break.

Lucy Ward in the Women’s B-grade.
Camera IconLucy Ward in the Women’s B-grade.

A Warriors penalty corner early in the second half could not extend their lead.

But All Blacks capitalised on a penalty corner soon after as Emma Phillips converted the opportunity, levelling the scoreboard.

All Blacks then continued to apply a huge amount of pressure on Warriors, leaving them desperate in defence.

With the clock ticking down, neither side could find a winning score and the game was forced into overtime.

Three minutes into overtime, All Blacks just missed a dangerous attempt on goal.

However, Jade Perkins quickly found the golden goal to hand her side their first premiership since entering the competition in 2013.

Warriors’ Sarah Hennessey Parks was named the match’s most valuable.

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