Goalie rewards his teammates
By PETER GIBBONS
Grafton Men's Hockey
BARBARIAN'S goal keeper Ryan Creed rewarded his teammates' confidence with two brilliant saves in a penalty shootout to give his team victory in the men's A grade hockey grand final against City/Bears. With scores locked at 1-all and with only minutes remaining in the extra-time period of the match, Barbarians appeared to slow play down, confident in their penalty battery. Creed was up to the task, deflecting two shots while his teammates slotted home the four goals they needed. Barbarians had all the early running in the match, with a well executed through pass releasing Brad Inmon into the clear, and he was able to evade goalkeeper Brett Condie and slot a goal from the right hand side of the circle to convert after five minutes. This seemed to galvanise City/Bears and they then established some control through the mid field, and created a number of chances, culminating with a well-worked short corner by Mark Pollack, which led to a penalty stroke for a breach on the line. The pressure was on Barbarians and Creed saved brilliantly to keep the lead at 1 nil, the halft-time score. City/Bears continued to press, and were finally rewarded 10 minutes into the second half, when they were awarded a short corner, and were able to convert with Nick Russ scoring after a goal-mouth scramble. David Kelly for City/Bears was involving himself in the match at centre/half, and City/Bears had a number of clear opportunities to win, but some scrambling defence from Barbarians Theo Golding on 2 occasions, saved the day. At the final siren, the score was locked 1-all, and it remained this way through extra time, with no clear opportunity presenting itslf in this time for a winner. In the penalty shootout Josh Wainright, Jamie Want, Brad Inmon and Ben McLennan onverted their chances for the Barbs.
STICKS FLY: Barbarians' defender Nick Inmon and a City/Bears attacker clash heavily in the men's A grade hockey grand final. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.