Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Here's the up to date review of the weekend's round of matches for women's and men's premier league hockey.

The Adelaide’s Women hockey team ensured the results between the top three sides thus far in the ladies comp were shared in the first round with a 2-0 win against form side Burnside, with Sara Stuart and Tara Allister getting on the board. The men’s game also saw the Peas triumph, Josh Gould’s goal proving the sole difference in a tight battle as Burnside’s season of woe continues.

Predictions of a thrashing proved to be ill founded as the Magpie men struggled to a 1-0 lead at the break against the plucky Grange Royals young bloods, before the flood gates opened and Port took more of their opportunities to triumph 6-1. Ev Boland, Cameron Joyce and Tom Fitzgerald scoring a brace of goals each. Tom Fitzgerald’s game has gone to a new level to be one of the inform players of the comp this season, Boland and Beau Aliskauskas were also good contributors for the Pies.

In the ladies fixture, Port surged to a 3-0 lead at half-time, and that's how it remained after a second half the Port coach Trevor Cibich labelled “uninspiring”, Port’s best being Carly Simms, Sarah Stephen and Courtney Rudd, goals shared between Chantal Nel-Beckmann, Jessica Cibich, and Leah Welstead.

The North East ladies put in a disspointing effort in a battle between two sides who could be contending for a finals berth and were thrashed 6-0 by a rampant Woodville outfit. Belinda White scored with 2 goals being the leading scorer on the park. Unfortunately for the men from Pennington let the Zulu’s run rampant to knock in 8 goals, with Pete Redding scoring their consolation goal. Rodney Thorpe getting a hat trick and Ryan O’Shea scoring twice for the Zulu’s.

At a very cold West Beach on Sunday the Uni’s girls scored a vital 3-0 win against Seacliff, while in the men's comp Uni had the better of a dour first half and deserved their 1-0 lead at the break. However, Seacliff came out more aggressively with a full field press in the second stanza, scoring from two corners and creating numerous chances to finish 2-1 victors, from a game marred by numerous disciplinary breaches and corresponding cards. Glyn Tamblyn, Matt McGregor and Ross Fitzgerald were the best players on the field.

All games saw a minute's silence and players wearing black armbands as the hockey community mourned the passing of Perth’s Lizzie Watkins last weekend in a tragic onfield accident.

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