Upper Great Southern Hockey Association claim men’s division one and women’s Masters division one title
Upper Great Southern Hockey Association claimed the men’s division 1 title at the 2020 CBH Group men’s and women’s State Country Championships in Perth at the weekend.
Six teams from the UGSHA competed in the round-robin competition, which ran from Saturday-Monday.
In the men’s competition, Uppers were represented in divisions one, two and three while in the women’s comp, they had teams competing in divisions one and four, a and masters division one.
At the end of the round-robin fixtures, four of the six teams had booked a place in grand finals.
Uppers faced Bunbury in the men’s division one decider in a hard-fought match and both sides had opportunities to score in the first half but were unable to find the back of the net.
In the second half, both sides went on the attack and Uppers were eventually able to break the deadlock off a penalty corner to score the first goal of the match.
Bunbury pressed hard in search of an equaliser in the second half but Uppers were holding firm and held on 1-0 to take the title.
Bradley Staphorst, Nic Corner, Aiden Lowes, Shawn McKay, Liam Sweeney, Regan Blyth and Sam Broad were all named All Stars in the men’s competition.
In the women’s Masters division one, Uppers took on Peel in the decider and two first-half goals helped them secure the 2020 title.
Uppers led 2-0 at halftime and Peel’s defence was under immense pressure in the second half.
They failed to stop them from scoring a second-half goal to seal the 3-0 victory.
In the women’s division one, Uppers suffered a heartbreaking grand final loss to Bunbury in a one-on-one shoot-out.
Bunbury netted the first goal of the game before Uppers were able to equalise in the second half.
Both teams tried hard to score the winning goal but time ran out and the game went to best-of-five one-on-one shoot-outs.
Uppers finished runners-up as Bunbury prevailed 3-2.
After holding a two-goal lead at half-time, the men’s division two team were unable to cling on as they went down to Bunbury 3-2 in the decider.
Uppers scored two first-half goals but Bunbury responded in the second half, applying plenty of pressure, and were able to score two goals.
The game was played at a frantic pace for the last eight minutes and Bunbury scored the third to clinch the division two title.
Pippa Bairstow, Chloe Buzza, Ellie Nalder, Kira Flynn and Zeta O’Rourke were named All Stars in the women’s competition.
Uppers also won the Singapore Cup for the best-performing men’s association.
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