SERVICES Workies, South United, Kiwi Diggers and Tudor Wests split the honours in the Tamworth Junior Hockey grand finals on Saturday.
Workies figured in all three junior boys’ deciders but were only successful in the U11s where they were too strong for Kiwis.
They were the minor premiers and continued the good form they’d shown through the season, with a double to Calvin Farmilo helping them to a 6-nil win.
Kiwis turned the tables in a close U15s encounter, edging Workies out 4-3.
Workies got out to a 2-nil lead on the back of two goals to Jack Cruickshank but Kiwis dragged one back just before half-time.
They then controlled possession in the second half and slotted the next three goals to jump out to a 4-2 lead.
Workies weren’t able to make any dent in it until after full-time, with Isaac Farmilo putting away a short corner to make it 4-3.
Matt Johnston led Kiwis’ second-half charge, bagging three of their four goals.
South’s title came in the U13s with a 2-1 win over Workies.
Jeremy Blakely scored first off a penalty stroke to give South a 1-nil lead and, when Jono Chamberlain struck, they were 2-nil up.
Workies kept coming at them though and made it one the difference with a nice goal to Ehren Hazell but they couldn’t sink a second to tie it up.
In the junior girls’ grand finals, Kiwis White got up over Calrossy McPherson 4-nil in Division 2 with goals to Lucy Hofman, Lucy Grey, Katie Vandergraaf and Sarah Vella, and Tudor Wests were finally victorious over Kiwis 2-1.
Sarah Mathews scored both of Tudor’s goals in what was a tight contest.
“It was a very good game. The girls haven’t been able to beat Kiwis all year,” Tudors coach Don Willis said.
“They’ve beaten us every game we’ve played them.”
Including the major semi-final two weeks ago, where they went down 1-nil.
On Saturday, Willis said they probably just took their chances better.
“We took two chances, Kiwis only took one chance,” he said.
He said the girls had improved a lot from their first game to the grand final and really played as a team.
“Their passing around up towards the front was good, and the effort was good,” he said.
Bec Willis and Mathews were both among the standouts, with Mathews as well as scoring goals closely marking her player.
Anna Little was also strong at fullback after racing away from a football grand final.