For the fifth time in history, North Albany and Spencer Park have shared the Jo Burling Memorial shield after a thrilling encounter in the 21st edition of the special Lower Great Southern Hockey Association women’s A-grade fixture. The Jo Burling Memorial Game, which headlines the association’s cancer awareness round, developed into a thrilling contest between the two sides with the scores finishing at one-all. Albany hockey stalwart Burling, died of breast cancer at the age of 42 and her team Park and rivals Redbacks, have played in the annual match since 2000. Redbacks, the reigning premiers, took the early lead after finding the back of the net through youngster Abby O’Neill inside the first five minutes of the second term. O’Neill beat Park goalkeeper Bonnie Crook to net a field goal. Neither side was able to score for the remainder of the second term as Redbacks held a 1-0 lead at half time. However Park were desperate to get on the board and they eventually did through Chloe Bunny. Bunny found the back of the net through a field goal in the first two minutes of the third quarter to level the scores. Redbacks controlled possession in their attacking half for much of the game but Park’s defence was up for the challenge and Crook produced a number of terrific saves to deny the top team. Park also had a number of chances to score a second goal. Redbacks star Beck Gallimore hit the post in a penalty corner in the last quarter and her side had another shot to win the game after the final siren but they were left to share the points. After the final siren Redbacks played out the penalty corner, with Nicole Spinks slipping the ball to Gallimore who then passed to Kelly Burlikowski, but her shot was defended by the first runner to end the match in a draw. Park jumped back to second on the ladder with the point while Redbacks remain on top with four rounds left in the season. Gallimore, Burlikowski and Chloe Whitford were strong contributors for Redbacks while Georgina Lilford, Crook, Bunny and Emma Thompson were instrumental for Park. In the other round 12 women’s A-grade fixture Manypeaks won their second game after downing Mt Barker 4-1. In the men’s A-grade competition Peaks continued their strong season with a 2-1 win over Vikings to remain on top while Park and Redbacks also ended in a 1-1 draw.