Team's fifth impresses coach

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Lower Great Southern Hockey Association men’s senior coach Richard Metcalfe believes his side’s fifth placing at last weekends CBH Men’s Country Championships in Perth was the ideal starting point for future success.

Despite losing their first two round robin matches of the tournament, the LGSHA recovered to win their final three matches of the three-day championships, which pleased Metcalfe in his first year at the helm.

In their first game against Eastern Goldfields on Sunday, the LGSHA squandered a 3-0 lead to eventually lose 4-3 before struggling against Busselton later in the day, losing their second game 5-1.

On Sunday the LGSHA rallied to beat Geraldton 2-1 and then went on to defeat Bunbury 2-1 in their crossover pool match.

LGSHA then met Eastern Goldfields on Monday in their playoff for fifth and sixth which they won 2-1 after Jack Dawson finished a flick from a short corner with four minutes remaining.

“From where we started three (wins) and two (losses) was a good result,” Metcalfe said.

“We were improving the whole way through the tournament and as a starting point I was very happy where we finished.”

“We were finishing strongly and we can build from that.”

Dawson was rewarded for his excellent carnival after being the sole LGSHA representative in the CBH Men’s Country All Stars Team.

“Jack played in the midfield and he had a really strong tournament,” Metcalfe said.

Fullback Tim Metcalfe also enjoyed a fantastic carnival, while WA Country representative David Pyle injured his ribs in the first match and played a restricted role in the remaining games.

Overall Metcalfe was impressed with his side’s efforts in the top tier division and their ability to bounce back and defeat the Eastern Goldfields.

“In the first two games we had patches of good play,” he said.

“That was pleasing, to beat (Eastern Goldfields) in the playoff, which indicated we were improving.”

“For a lot of the players going this was their first country week, hopefully they can learn from this and come back stronger.”

The LGSHA masters side failed to record a win in division one and finished sixth with their best result coming against Esperance where they drew 2-2.

Former LGSHA star Danny Burling was picked alongside Dawson in the All Stars team after dominating for Busselton throughout the tournament.

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