North Albany on a roll on the eve of finals

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Vikings' Bonnie Crook clears the ball.
Camera IconVikings' Bonnie Crook clears the ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

North Albany have won a fourth straight game, taking plenty of momentum into the finals, after State representative Tallulah Gouldthorp found the back of the net in the final round of the regular season on Saturday afternoon.

The Redbacks were last defeated in the Albany Retravision Lower Great Southern Hockey Association women’s A-grade competition in early August at the hands of Manypeaks.

Since then they have beaten last year’s premiers Spencer Park twice and then added wins over top four sides Mt Barker and Vikings.

North Albany's Mackenzie Poulish gets clear.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Mackenzie Poulish gets clear. Credit: Laurie Benson

In round 15 at the weekend, Gouldthorp landed the only successful strike to hand Redbacks a 1-0 victory over a persistent Vikings outfit.

Beck Gallimore and Cate McDonald were key players for Redbacks, constantly providing drive into attack and Gouldthorp was ever dangerous around goal as they finished the normal season with seven wins and in second place on the ladder.

Lorissa Ferrell continued her strong season for Vikings while Taryn Waters and Isobel Plowman were also named in the best players.

Peaks finished nine points clear on top of the ladder following their 1-0 win over Park, as the 2018 premiers bowed out on the foot of the table.

North Albany's Abby O'Neill and Vikings' Tully Joy contest the ball.
Camera IconNorth Albany's Abby O'Neill and Vikings' Tully Joy contest the ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

Alice Lydiate scored the winning goal and her team was well led by Courtney Robinson and Leah Field.

Meanwhile, in the men’s A-grade competition, Manypeaks claimed top spot with a 4-1 victory over reigning premiers Mt Barker.

Craig Gambrell scored twice for Peaks with Tim Metcalfe dominating and James Plowman also influential.

In a spicy pre-finals encounter North Albany thrashed Specner Park, 5-1, as Andrew Hannig, Pieter Coetzee and Leander McQuade all played well.

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