PORT LINCOLN HOCKEY
MEN'S A GRADE
MARAUDERS DEF PANTHERS 1-0
The undefeated Marauders took on the improving Panthers who were in form.
Last time they met it was a 1-0 victory to the Vikings but this time Marauders went in without last year best and fairest Jesse Ambrose who suffered a hand injury the night before.
Marauders took a 1-0 lead into half time with Jordan Ambrose scoring from a penalty corner. It could have been more but for some brilliant saves by Panthers goalie Mick Hart.
As the game went deep into the second half the tension was building and the defence players were getting put under extreme pressure. Marauders defence in Jake Chester, Darryl Saler and goalkeeper Langmead held strong.
Ambrose was strong in the middle, getting good support from Grant Paull and Cameron Hosking in attack.
Marauders held their nerve and won their fourth mens A grade premiership in a row 1-0.
Best on field in the grand final was Jordan Ambrose and captain Cameron Hosking was presented the PLHA Trophy for the Best and Fairest for season 2020.
WOMEN'S A GRADE
PANTHERS DEF MARAUDERS 3-2
Minor premiers Panthers went head-to-head against Marauders in the women's A grade grand final match on Saturday.
After a number of tough games between these two throughout the season it was set to be a close match.
Panthers opened the scoring early through Hannah Russell, but scores were levelled when Ash Dyer scored late in the first half.
Marauders scored early in the second half during a short corner when a ball was deflected off a Panthers stick.
Under serious pressure and after a number of great saves by Marauders goalie, Fiona Pietrala, Panthers Kate Morley finally got one past to level the scores with just under seven minutes to go.
The remaining time was a tussle for control with both teams almost scoring a number of times.
Panthers were able to seal the match with a goal by Ella Stevens with 1:30 to go.
Best on ground went to Kate Morley while Ash Dyer, Tash Hammond and Jaz Hill played well for Marauders.
MEN'S B GRADE
WANDERERS RED DEF WANDERERS BLUE 2-0
This year was unique with Wanderers men's B grade playing with two teams. It was a proud moment as both teams, Blue socks and Red socks made it to the grade final.
Blue socks started strong, applying pressure with the first attempt at goal, however were rewarded with a penalty corner.
Red socks defended well and clear the ball from their defensive half. Red socks moved the ball forward and counter attacked but Blue socks defence was also strong enough to keep Red socks scoreless.
Throughout the year it has been a tug of war between both of these teams and the grand final was no exception. It was obvious from the crowd, you could no pick a favourite, although Blue socks remained undefeated during the minor rounds.
It was nearing the end of the first half when Red socks gained a penalty corner. This marked the first goal of the game when Brad Giles strike found the back of the net.
The second half did not disappoint, with the one goal lead Red socks came out determined to keep that lead and passed the ball well as a team and with a well-placed cross, Gav Ellis sealed it with another goal.
Blue socks were not going to finish the game without a fight and tried to narrow the goal line, however Red socks had the momentum and fought back.
When the whistle went to signify the end of the game both teams celebrated an epic game and a fantastic season, although Red socks came out with the bragging rights. Best on Ground Brad Giles.
WOMEN'S B GRADE
FLINDERS DEF PANTHERS 3-2
This season Flinders women's B grade found themselves facing Panthers in the grand final, last season's champions, and the winner of the minor rounds by a significant margin.
Panthers won the toss, and came out strong from the start.
Sky Weir (awarded BOG), and Izzy Stutzer were strong in defense and Meti Ford composed in goals.
During a competitive first half, Panthers made it difficult for Flinders to feed the ball through to the forward line.
Shelley Harrison-Paull was a stand out in the middle of the pitch, Rowena Leschner solid in defense.
Both teams created opportunities, however persistence paid off for Panthers, with Jo Panizzolo opening the scoring, leaving Flinders 1-0 down at half time.
The second half continued to be close, both teams battling to find the back of the net.
With 10 minutes to go, Flinders equalized with a goal from Acacia Boyce. Now the pressure was on - Flinders increased the pressure on the Panthers defense, but were unable to score to finish the game off in normal time.
The only game of the day to go to one on ones, spectators hailed this game the match of the day, a nail biting finish!
Goalies stepped up, and each team nominated their players. Panthers won the toss and attacked first. They scored their first, matched by Flinders, then the second, again Flinders scored in reply.
Meti Ford excelled in Goal for Flinders, blocking the next two attempts from Panthers, while Flinders managed to score one of the next two. The score now sitting at 2-3 to Flinders, Panthers had to score.
Once again Flinders great young goalie kept her composure and denied Panthers the goal.
After all the tension and excitement, Flinders had WON! The first grand final win for Flinders women's B grade since 2008, but hopefully not the last for another 12 years.
Thanks to Panthers, fantastic women and a fantastic game, see you next season!
UNDER 17 BOYS
MARAUDERS DEF PANTHERS 1-0
Minor Premiers Panthers took on Marauders in a very evenly matched grand final. Marauders had most of the attack in the first half with Ethan Cowley putting Marauders one up off a rebound goal.
A one-handed Jesse Ambrose led Marauders with his talent into half time. Panthers had more of the attack in the second half applying pressure to the Marauders defense and goal keeper.
The Marauders defense held strong repelling many Panther forward attacking. The match ended with a 1-0 win to Marauders with Bryce Hammond awarded best on field in the grand final.
UNDER 17 GIRLS
FLINDERS DEF WANDERERS 2-0
This hockey season has proven to be different for the competition in all grades, with a reduction in players from 11 to 9 a side.
The under 17 girls Grand Final was between Wanderers and Flinders, both strong sides, strong players demonstrating amazing technique and skill.
It was a close game all the way, enjoyed by the crowd, and ultimately a 2-0 win for Flinders. Not only did Flinders win the premiership but also won the minor premiership.
This particular age group is full of girls with great potential, Ruby Chirgwin was a stand out for Wanderers, and Tahlia Weir for Flinders. Weir was awarded Best on Ground by the umpires. She has been continuously developing her skills, improving all season.
All players gave it their all, tried their hardest and pushed to the best of their ability. We are all looking forward to next season and being able to go out twice as hard as this season, COVID permitting.
UNDER 13 BOYS
MARAUDERS DEF PANTHERS 4-2
A very under manned Marauders took on Panthers in the Port Lincoln Hockey Association grand final. Marauders came out hard and fast and scored four goals which gave them a comfortable lead going into half time.
The second half started with Panthers scoring two quick goals which put the under manned Marauders under the pump. Overall an evenly matched game and a thriller to watch. The game ended with Marauders defeating Panthers 4-2 and Bryce Hammond was best on ground in a grand final with four goals.
UNDER 13 GIRLS
PANTHERS DEF MARAUDERS 6-0
Minor premiers Panthers were favourites against Marauders going into the grand final after being undefeated and no goal scored against them all season.
The opening play showed the skill and intensity that the game was going to offer. Panthers managed to gain early control through the centre, and Nicola Morgan opened the score with a perfectly executed strike from the top of the circle.
Panthers continued to apply pressure winning a series of short corners. Marauders remained cool under pressure with strong defence by Astor Mickan, Tahni Kelsh and brilliant goal keeping by Shayna Stephenson.
Grea Wise showed great skill carrying the ball into the circle and finally managed to break through with a second goal for Panthers. The team work that has been the hallmark of Panthers all season was on display when after a series of passes, Mabel Hyde's slap-shot into goal put Panthers three goals up at half time.
The second half opened with two quick goals for Panthers. After some excellent saves, Erin Wiseman scored with a strong hit past the keeper. Kayla Higgins converted after a penetrating pass from Elke Russell who was strong throughout.
Marauders did not give up and after some terrific play by their mid field in particular No 15, Marauders managed to win two short corners. They were unlucky not to score with several desperate plays only yards from the goal line.
The closing minutes of the grand final was an arm wrestle between the teams. There was a frenzy of attempts in front of both goals. Panthers sealed the game with Kayla Higgins scoring the final goal, cementing Panthers as the 2020 Grand finalists. Best On Ground was Grea Wise.
Pictured are (back): Bryce Hammond, Jon Brendal, Jesse Ambrose, Austin Lees, Jake Chester, Cameron Hosking with Blair; second row: Jordan Ambrose, Darryl Saler, Cody Endean, Paul Saler, Grant Paull, Dion Chester (coach); front: Indra Pantiyasi, Ethan Cowley, Connor Stutzer and Wade Langmead (goalie).