Hockey: Kimmy Resch nails four in big Flames win

Top form: Kimmy Resch was on fire for Flames on Sunday scoring four goals, three of them in the first half, in their big win over Tudor Wests.

Top form: Kimmy Resch was on fire for Flames on Sunday scoring four goals, three of them in the first half, in their big win over Tudor Wests.

A first half hat-trick from Kimmy Resch provided the spark for Flames as they scorched Tudor Wests 7-nil in their Tamworth womens first grade clash on Sunday.

Services and South United were also victorious in their fixtures with Services rolling Waratahs 5-2 and Souths putting 10 goals past Olympians in an eight goal win in the Saturday night game.

The first Sunday match-up saw Services notch a three-goal win over Waratahs and continue their impressive run of form.

Kimmy McLean

Kimmy McLean

“I think we scored in the first three to five minutes again,” coach Kimmy McLean said.

“Something has just clicked this year. Just our passing is helping us out.”

A lot of their goals were the result of their short passing game, and getting a roll-on through that.

“We had a few patches of long stuff, which is when they got back into the game,” McLean said.

She always though felt like they were in control. 

It was hard to pick out standouts but McLean made mention that they had two players making their first grade debuts.

Flames then also struck early in what was a much-improved overall performance.

“All round it was a pretty good day for us,” coach Barrie Pritchard said.

“We scored in the first minute, which helped. 

“They’re always a hard team to play against and the longer it takes to score the more difficult it becomes.”

They led 4-nil at half-time with Resch having a hand in all four.

After delivering the cross for Kate Mackay to tap in for Flames’ first goal, she extended their advantage to 2-nil in the 20th minute.

Three minutes later she slotted her second before right on half-time running the ball across the top of the circle and turning onto the reverse and slamming the ball home.

Flames scored again inside the first few minutes of the second half with Naomi Spark converting a penalty corner.

She followed up with second corner nine minutes later, before Resch fittingly put the polish on the win with her fourth.

“It was the best goal of the game I thought,” Pritchard said.

“Brydie Wellham got a pass out of defence to Naomi. Naomi made a 40m pass to Kim, who was playing striker at that time.”

She then slipped past two defenders before beating the goalkeeper with a “pretty powerful shot”.

“Our passing was a lot better,” Pritchard said.

Bek May and Resch caused a fair bit of damage down the right. Pritchard said Michelle Wayte also had a strong game at high full-back.

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