Redbacks’ second half goal spree
North Albany have recovered from being two goals down to maintain their unbeaten record in the Albany Retravision Lower Great Southern Hockey Association Women’s A-grade competition.
The reigning premiers came into the round 4 clash on Saturday afternoon with three wins to their name but were challenged early by Peaks, who opened the scoring through Leah Field.
Peaks doubled their advantage nearing half-time when striker Meg Slattery found the back of the net.
Trailing at the break, Redbacks produced a much stronger second half as youngster Tallulah Gouldthorp, fresh off playing for WA at the national under-15 hockey championships, fired in front of goal.
Gouldthorp finished with a brilliant hat-trick in the last 35 minutes as she helped Redbacks escape with a hard-fought 3-2 win.
The result pushed Redbacks six points clear on top of the women’s A-grade standings.
In the other round 4 fixture played in Mt Barker on Friday night, Spencer Park and Mt Barker were forced to share the points.
Emma Thompson and Caitlin Mead were terrific for Park, as they scored twice through Jemma Wych and Tabitha Congram to capture a point.
Shaydn Gardner and Jessica McPartland were both influential for the home side, with the draw giving them their first point of the season.
Round 5 of the women’s A-grade will be played on Saturday night with Park facing Tigers while Peaks host Mt Barker in Albany.
Meanwhile the first round of the men’s A-grade season will start on Saturday with four teams taking part in a 15-round competition.
Park will tackle Peaks while Redbacks face Mt Barker in the opening round matches.
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