OXLEY High had one win and one loss in their State CHS Hockey Knockouts finals in Tamworth yesterday.
The Michelle Aslin-coached girls’ side lost to Westfields Sports High 4-nil but the Graeme McKenzie-coached boys’ side beat Kirrawee 5-1 in their round of 16 game.
Goal doubles from Nick Stacey and Harry Lewin were highlights while skipper Sam Liles converted a penalty corner to give Oxley a 3-1 lead with 11mins 53secs left.
Stacey had scored the first two to give the home side a 2-nil lead before Adam Sullivan pulled one back for Kirrawee with 22 minutes left.
Liles’ goal snuffed out the Kirrawee fightback before Lewin sealed the game with two nice goals, 60 seconds apart, with 2mins 40secs left on the clock.
Kirrawee had made a game of it when Sullivan scored a good goal to stun the locals.
“We made them hustle,” Kirrawee coach Karen Baxter said.
Her side, made of mostly Year 11 students, fought hard, with Sullivan, Jason Sparks and James Murray-Prior their best.
McKenzie was disappointed with his side’s performance but delighted with the result.
“We played solidly but didn’t play cleverly.
“Kirrawee played a defensive style where they sat back and we tried to run through them rather than pass around them.
“We let ourselves down with poor passing and discipline.”
Liles said his side tried “to make too much of every play”.
“Nick Stacey was good up front with Harry Lewin.
“And Reid (Gould) and Beetle (Alex McKenzie) were very good in the middle.”
The Oxley boys now go to Narellan for the eight-team KO Finals Series on September 11/12.
“We will have to play much better than that,” McKenzie said.
“Although, to be fair, the boys have only had two or three games together.
“Most of them play with different clubs on the weekend.”
Oxley’s girls’ side then played well but couldn’t convert its chances.
“We did play well,” Aslin said.
“They (Westfields) scored two goals from runaways and also one from a stroke. Their fourth was a nice goal.
“We played well and worked hard – just had trouble putting it in the back of the net.
“We weren’t desperate enough in the circle.
“Their goalkeeper played well and made some good saves but we weren’t quick enough to pounce on the rebounds.”
She said a possible broken toe suffered by Tessa Pennefather hurt her side’s chances.
“Ruby Kelly was good at the back, Tessa was dangerous when she was out there and Gabi D’Ambros was good in the middle.”
OXLEY BOYS 5 (Nick Stacey 2, Harry Lewin, Sam Liles gls) d KIRRAWEE 1 (Adam Sullivan gl)