Tigers women keep up solid start

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Tigers' Sian Turner gets the ball clear of Manypeaks' Emma Pyle.
Camera IconTigers' Sian Turner gets the ball clear of Manypeaks' Emma Pyle. Credit: Laurie Benson

Tigers produced their second win of the new Lower Great Southern Hockey Association women’s A-grade season after an impressive three-goal second half against Manypeaks on Saturday.

After missing the finals last season and only winning three matches, there is already renewed hope for Tigers in 2018 after a solid start to the new year with wins over Mt Barker and now Peaks.

With the addition of some younger players, Tigers were able to shrug off a scoreless first half to find the back of the net on three occasions in the round 3 fixture on Saturday afternoon.

Mikayla Penn pounced on a defensive blunder in her goal circle to break the deadlock early in the second half, and with 17 minutes still to play, one of those youngsters, Javana Hounsfield doubled her side’s advantage.

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Tigers had begun to dominate possession and were in control of the midfield battle as experienced pair Georgie Powis and Renae Hordyk led from the front.

Inside the final 10 minutes, Tigers made it 3-0 when Sian Turner tapped home another goal and it could easily have been more if not for a couple of strong saves from Peaks keeper Marisa Edwards in the dying stages.

Tigers' Renae Hordyk gets the ball past Manypeaks' Courtney Marsh.
Camera IconTigers' Renae Hordyk gets the ball past Manypeaks' Courtney Marsh. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Charlotte Edwards and Leah Field battled hard for Peaks but they suffered their second loss of the season. Turner, Hounsfield and Powis were all influential in the result, while Hollee Taylor also stood up in the Tigers victory.

Defending premiers North Albany have won their first three games of the season after two victories in three days to round off a busy beginning.

Redbacks proved far too strong for Tigers in round 2 last Wednesday night.

Beck Gallimore scored twice in the comprehensive 5-0 result before they defeated Mt Barker on Friday evening in round 3.

In the match plated at Mt Barker, Redbacks ran out 4-1 winners to keep their perfect record intact.

Spencer Park were the other round 2 winners on Wednesday after Molly Hudson’s second-half goal helped her side defeat Peaks 1-0.

The fourth round of the women’s A-grade competition will be played on April 28.

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