It was another action-packed week of Tumut and District Hockey on Saturday, with round six of the competition played at Tumut Fields.
Batlow Mustangs snagged a 1-0 win over Middy Mites on Saturday, which was a big turnaround from previous weeks.
Middy Mites were missing some gun players, but still had plenty of strike power through Trish Espie Whitburn and Lyndal Hannan, but it wasn’t quite enough to clinch the victory.
Mustangs’ Sammy Flenley scored a ripper of a goal to put the Batlow side in front in the first half, and the score stayed static through the second half.
Mustangs had consistent attack through Monique Fisher and Carly Adams, but just could not crack the rock-solid defence of Elise O’Sullivan and Kerrie McDonald.
Andrea Glynn stopped everything that came her way, and channelled the ball well through to Layla Flett, who played like a demon in only her second ever game of hockey.
In the second A-Grade game played, Quicksticks had a 4-0 win over Wildcats.
Jacki Carter, Maddison Sutton and Liana Smithson were instrumental in attack for Wildcats with all three putting pressure on their rivals.
Katie Jeffery for Wildcats and Byrom Wilson for Quicksticks were locked in a very even battle all game. Neither giving up, it was a great contest to watch.
Byrom Wilson opened the scoring for Quicksticks through a great deflection from a shot in from Nat Wilson.
Nat Wilson and Taylah Wilson both worked the ball in to set themselves up for well-constructed goals.
Naomi Sutton was strong in the backs, blocking the ongoing attacks from Quicksticks.
Jodie Uhr struck the ball beautifully off a corner to snare the final goal for Quicksticks.
Karidee Streckfuss made her A grade debut and proved she is going to be a player to watch in the future.
In B-Grade action, Tumut Blue had a great 3-1 win over Adelong Gold.
The first half saw both reams neck and neck. Adelong Gold played their best game yet leading the point scoring with an early goal from Hayley Foster.
Levi Moppet played a strong wing, getting the ball into the attacking circle. Matilda Connolly and Katherine Cole stopped Adelong Gold continues attacks time after time, showing immense improvement.
At half time the teams were locked at 1-all.
Tom Belt showed skill, making great tackles, stealing the ball and weaving some magic up field.
Jess McLaren stepped up for her team, trying a new position in centre forward and showed her versatility and improvement.
Monique Fisher lead the Blue team and managed to put two goals on the board.
Jeane van Der Merwe also scored a great goal for Tumut, showing great strength in attack and a never give up attitude.
Sara Hannan was strong in defence for Gold working well with Brooklyn Foster and Rosie Marsh.
Young up and comer Millie Marsh had her best game and is improving every week.
On the day, Tumut blue were too strong with great leadership from Monique Fisher.
In the second B-Grade game, Adelong Green had a tough 1-0 win over Tumut Red.
Adelong Green showed great team work and their passing was outstanding.
Paige Kelly was unlucky not to score with the ball pulling up on the line.
Charlotte Kellys fast speed rounded players from one end to the other gave Adelong Green great advantages.
Liana Smithson ran tirelessly all game, giving the Tumut Red team direction and some great plays.
Karidee Streckfuss and Mia McLaren played strong in the inner position, never giving up and fighting for possession.
Hannah Matthews picked up some nice passes to her wing and improving each week.
Zoe Bathgate and Katie Jeffery were strong in defence, continuously stealing the ball from the Adelong players and cutting off their attacking raids.
Culley Reynolds had a great game adjusting well to the older grade.
Both teams fought to the very last whistle. With constant pressure from Taylor Kelly, Adelong Green was able to put the ball in the goal, giving them a 1-0 win.
C-Grade players continue to develop their skills and in recent weeks have shown some huge improvements in their game play.
In their latest game, Will Matthews had a cracker of a match. He was hungry for the ball, and made some great runs, taking the ball into the circle for his team.
Amelia Russell has also grown in skill and confidence and for the second week in a row was unstoppable in the circle, weaving past players to score.
James Skerry also scored a great goal, using strength and skill to fire the ball past the defenders.
Darci Pollock and Ara Flett combined well, passing to eliminate defenders, while Braxton Bamblett was great in defence, making some solid tackles.
Sarah Gailey had some nice touches and worked well with Alex Day.
Ollie Corbett used his strong hit effectively, making use of the space on the field, while Eva Corbett looked dangerous when she ran onto the ball and used her pace to beat the defence.
Rep news: Tumut’s Tom Belt has made the Wagga and District Hockey Under 13s side.
Tom will travel to Parkes to play in the State Carnival in July. Tumut and District Hockey would like to congratulate Tom on his selection.
B-Grade: Adelong Green 1 def Tumut Red 0; Tumut Blue 3 def Adelong Gold
A-Grade: Mustangs 1 def Middy Mites 0; Quicksticks 4 def Wildcats 0.