After plenty of near misses, Tudor Wests have finally broken through for their first win of the season in Tamworth women’s hockey.
The breakthrough came in emphatic fashion with Tudors closing out a 5-2 victory.
After shooting out to 3-0 lead, half-time became Tudors’ worst enemy.
The side came out from the break “a little flat” and Olympians took full advantage with goals to Emily Chaffey and Jemima Bartlett. However, Tudors weren’t done and another two goals sealed the victory which all came down to sticking at it, according to coach Helen Willis.
“I suppose we kept fighting on the weekend, it’s something been we’ve working on all season but over the last couple of weeks more so,” Willis said.
“We really competed for the complete game and moved the ball really well.
“The strikers were strong, we made some good connections in the midfield and scrambled really well in defence.”
Tudors had four players out which made the win even more satisfying for Willis.
Millie Sherwood scored a double with Pip Fisher, Brooke Cooper and Jess Davidson are bagging one each.
Willis said every player put their hand up for best on ground honours and said the cohesion of the side shone through.
“We're really strong as a team,” she said.
“We work really hard to be really positive and encourage each other.”
In Services’ match against Souths, Tanisha Donnelly scored the only goal of the game to clinch victory.
Waratahs and Flames played an equally close match with Waratahs winning 3-2.
Waratahs coach Graeme McKenzie said the match was as tight as the score read.
“It was a really good game,” McKenzie said.
“It was really close in the first half and then they lost their main central midfielder (Kate Ferguson) just before half-time, she had to go somewhere. That opened it up for us.”
McKenzie lauded his midfielders, and in particular Sarah Askey, for their effort.
The coach also highlighted Bella Cameron – who left the game late due to a rib injury – as a standout.
“She plays with a head on her shoulders well beyond her years,” he said.