Redbacks take first points of new men’s competition
North Albany recorded their first points of the new men’s A-grade season after producing two goals in the first quarter against Spencer Park-Tigers on Saturday.
Following a round 1 loss to Manypeaks, Redbacks started brightly, scoring through Ashley Eikelboom and Leander McQuade.
With Alex Bott solid in defence and speedy pair Eddie McQuade and Pieter Coetzee driving the attack, Redbacks continued to threaten the goals.
Spencer Park-Tigers goalie Antony Payne was kept busy but his resilience played a major part in them staying in the game.
Spencer Park-Tigers hit back with a terrific piece of play late in the quarter. Senior head Sam Brown played a fantastic ball that pierced the Redbacks’ defence as Oscar Latham moved into the attacking circle, drew the goalie off his line, and then passed to Sam Want for the simplest of finishes.
Spencer Park-Tigers, buoyed by their opener, went on the attack in the third as Want looked dangerous on the break and Brown continued to hold up through midfield.
However, it was Payne that kept the game alive as he snuffed out a late shot from Redbacks on the very last line. Eikelboom stepped up to secure the hard-fought 3-1 win for Redbacks in the fourth quarter, his penalty corner shot able to get past the staunch Payne and find the back of the net.
In Mt Barker, newly added men’s team Vikings suffered a tough initiation as they were thrashed 7-0 by Manypeaks.
Peaks showed no mercy for Vikings in their first A-grade appearance as Kieran Howie and Luke Ray netted doubles, while Tim Metcalfe and Taylor Pocock were both influential.
The news was better for Vikings in their maiden women’s A-grade appearance, recording a first-up win over Mt Barker.
The match, also played in Mt Barker, was a memorable one for Vikings as a sole strike from Louise Quartermaine handed the new outfit a 1-0 victory.
Charlotte Powis and Renae Hordyk were impressive for Vikings, while Casey Doak and Jess Mentha were among Mt Barker’s best contributors.
In the other women’s A-grade fixture, Manypeaks finished 3-0 winners over North Albany.
Charlotte Edwards scored twice to secure the victory for Manypeaks, who sit on top of the table.
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