Tamworth Hockey: Contrasting games in men's hockey

There couldn’t have been a bigger contrast between the two Tamworth Hockey Association first grade men’s matches as Services Workies mounted an amazing comeback against Souths while Tudor Wests were well and truly beaten by Kiwis.

Kiwis burst out of the blocks and didn’t look back as they racked up a big win.

They scored goal after goal against Tudors who were never in the match, according to coach Sam Lobsey.

“We didn’t have a great day, for the whole 70 minutes not much went our way, we were a long way off. It was about six or seven to nil,” Lobsey said.

“It was just one of those days, we went down early and from that moment it was hard to get back in mentally on the day.”

Lobsey said Tudors weren’t getting the basics right on the day which led to the poor result.

“We had a couple out but that wasn't the reason [for the loss], I just don’t think we were challenging the 50-50 ball,” he said.

“We made a lot of simple errors. Basic skills like trapping, passing, they weren't happening. We couldn't get into a rhythm. It wasn’t flowing.”

Flow wasn’t a problem for Workies in their match but finishing was in the opening half.

“That opening half was probably our worst precision performance in a long time,” Workies coach Andrew Farmilo said.

After a number of missed opportunities in the first half, Workies trailed Souths 4-1 with 15 minutes on the clock before things started to click.

Workies sent home five goals in the latter stages of the game to get home by the skin of their teeth with the final score reading 6-5.

The Farmilo brothers – Isaac and Calvin – were the stars of the show with a hat-trick of goals each.

The Farmilo name is becoming a recurring feature on the scorers list most weeks.

“Isaac especially, he’s been scoring pretty much every week,” coach Andrew Farmilo said.

“Calvin, he’s only 15, is starting to understand what he needs to do in firsts.”

Despite the deficit blowing out to three goals at one point, Workies remained calm throughout.

Farmilo said his side just had to keep working at it.

“We spoke about it after the game, we just knew we had to get the ball in the net and our fitness would probably tell in the last 10 minutes,” he said.

“If we got the ball in the net, it would put some pressure on them and once we did that, we got on a roll.”

Next weekend will see Workies take on Kiwis while Souths will go head-to-head with Tudors.