This was the Junior Panthers hockey team’s second time up against Wingham and with a solid victory last round, they were confident in taking them on again.
The team took the opportunity to allow some of the younger team players a chance to show their capabilities. This didn’t stop centre forward, Justin Battams from having a shot at every opportunity. He was the first to put points on the scoreboard.
Captain, Dean Germon kept control over the team organising the players and making solid connections through the centre of play. Wingers, Toreen Denyer and Ryan Beggs, worked hard up the sidelines with valuable crosses across the goal and some great breaks up the sideline. Wingham was not without their strength and pushed into Gloucester territory many times giving fullbacks, Darcey Fry and Nathan Woods plenty to work on as well saw some great saves from keeper, Elise Coombes. Elyssa Keen had a run at centre half from the second half and did a great job chasing up making valuable leads and saves earning her Play of the Day. In total, there were 3 goals to Justin Battams and another 3 goals to Dean Germon to see the Gloucester team with a win 6-2.
On Monday night they faced off against the Taree Sharks team with a reduced lineup due to four players being out with PSSA hockey commitments.
As soon as the hockey team took to the field, the rain started pouring down and didn’t let up throughout the whole game.
On Saturday, the Panthers came up against Chatham J & T, the only team they haven’t faced up against so far this season. The poor weather made conditions for the two teams quite levelling. Gloucester was not able to get on top of their passing game being intercepted at every step by some great traps from the Chatham team. There were some close calls as the opposition made several breaks down their right side to keep pressure on Gloucester’s defence but the Panthers were able to break back on each occasion with some runs in open ground on both the right and left wings.
A break came half way through the first half when some clever passing from Warren Beggs onto Dave Keen lead to a deflection off the goalies pads into the net. There were a few more missed attempts from the Gloucester team with some shots just wide or just over the goal. A second break came from a long corner where a pass from the baseline back to the top of the circle, saw Warren Beggs put a solid shot straight into the goal. The second half continued in much the same spirit between the two teams but as the rain continued shots became impeded. Twenty minutes into the second half, the Chatham Wolves had their first chance at recovering the score line as they placed a great shot through Gloucester’s defence from a short corner. The two teams kept each other at bay for the remainder of the half playing out the rainy weather to see Gloucester continue its undefeated record with a win 2-1.
Their next match has them playing against Tigers KFC team on Thursday night.
The Wildcats and Devils game was an easy win for Devils with the score 5-0. For Wildcats Amy Fry had a good game and backed up well by Thomas Hooke. Toreen Denyer held the team together. For Devils Emily Beggs played well with help from Darcey Fry and Sienna Macdonald.
The Sharks vs Panthers game was close with Panthers coming out winner 3-2. For Panthers Jackson Blanch played well and was well backed up by Asher Baker and Selina Denyer. For Sharks Sam Ellis had a good game and Rhys Summerville played well.
Goal Scorers: Panthers Lucas Summerville 1, Ryan Beggs 2. Sharks Nick Edwards 1, Dean Germon 1. Tigers vs Dragons: Dragons started the game very strong and led 2-0 at half time but Tigers fought back to win 3-2. For Dragons Jackson Moore was strong and well supported by Kaitlyn Beggs. For Tigers Lachlan Sansom had a good game and well supported by Aston Wisely. Goal Scorers: Dragons Jonas De Angelis 1, Travis Sansom 1, Tigers Lachlan Sansom 1, Nick Maslen 2. B&F: Wildcats Amy Fry 3, Thomas Hooke 2, Toreen Denyer 1. Devils: Emily Beggs 3, Darcey Fry 2, Aiden Blanchard 1. Panthers: Asher Baker 3, Jackson Blanch 2, Ryan Beggs 1. Sharks: Dean Germon 3, Sam Ellis 2, Nick Edwards 1. Dragons: Travis Sansom 3, Blake Murray 2, Chris Bolton 1. Tigers: Nick Maslen 3, Lachlan Sansom 2, Alicia Edwards 1.
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