Hockey: Men's clashes both finish in draws

Tussle: Tudor Wests' Noah Pitt (left) and Workies' Calvin Farmilo were prominent for their respective sides in their 5-all draw on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin
Tussle: Tudor Wests' Noah Pitt (left) and Workies' Calvin Farmilo were prominent for their respective sides in their 5-all draw on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin

Workies three times bridged a two goal deficit to jag a 5-all draw in their clash with Tudor Wests on Sunday.

Workies were playing catch-up from the opening whistle.

“It wasn’t a very good start. We conceded a penalty corner in the first minute and they scored off that,” coach Andrew Farmilo recounted.

“But we just kept hammering away and finished well, which was pleasing.”

Isaac Woodley scored the equaliser with around five minutes remaining.

The determination to fight back was for Farmilo one of the most pleasing aspects, with Workies three times falling two goals behind.

Tudors did play well, Farmilo said, and similar to the previous week against South United really stung them on the counter, capitalising on their turnovers.

“Last week we didn’t have many turnovers, this week we had a few more and they really hammered us on our turnovers,” Farmilo said.

That said, he thought their attack was a lot better than the previous week.

“I thought our midfield and our attack was good.

“We passed the ball more, we had more width, we weren’t all in the circle trying to get goals. There was a lot more space and creativity this week,” he said.

After his impressive display against Kiwis, Farmilo kept son Calvin in defence where he was again one of their better performers

“Calvin and Isaac Woodley were very good,” Farmilo said, adding that Toby Whitten wasn’t very far behind.

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It was a game Tudors felt they certainly let slip.

“Whilst it wasn’t a loss it felt like that the way we let it go,” fullback Sam Lobsey said.

Up by two with around seven minutes to go they “should have held them out”.

But a lack of concentration and a bit of complacency, which led to a couple of defensive errors, let them down.

Workies granted “did step it up” in the second half and put them under a bit more pressure.

“They played a better game, which forced some mistakes out of us,” Lobsey said.

The disappointment overshadowed the fact that they were able to score five goals, and at times built up well from the back through to the attack.

“When we do it well, it looks good and we’re scoring goals,” he said.

“But we didn’t do it well for the whole game.”

“I think we just got a bit panicky for some reason”

“We didn’t play the confidence game that we want to be playing.”

“We’ve still got some things to work on.”

“(But) The boys are pretty excited about how we are playing.”

Lobsey was adjudged their best. Ross Fraser and Jake Sheppeard as outside halves, and Noah Pitt up front also had good games.

Draws were the somewhat the order of the day with South United and Kiwis earlier sharing the points after finishing locked at 2-all.

It was Kiwis’ second draw for the season and a marked improvement on the 8-1 thrashing the received the last time the two sides met.

”I thought we played pretty well,” Kiwis captain Josh Worpel said.

“We were pretty short. We had a lot of young guys filling in from second grade.”

“We threw them in the middle and they worked really hard and were really good for us.”

The midfield has probably been their downfall recently but Worpel was pretty happy with how Chris Taggart, Ryan Taggart, George Nash and Ryan Constable, particularly, went there.

He put them on level terms from a drag flick with about 15 minutes to go, and then they held Souths out.

“They came at us really hard towards the end, so we had to defend well there,” he said.

Generally he thought their defence was pretty good, particularly their scrambling defence.

“We kept them scoreless until about five minutes to go in the first half,” Worpel said.