Veteran Ray Loy gets buried by the Sailors keeper on Sunday.
Veteran Ray Loy gets buried by the Sailors keeper on Sunday.

Barbarians' take on new goalkeeper

LOSING your number one goalkeeper for the season usually spells disaster for most hockey teams.

Barbarians’ man at the back, Ryan Creed, has decided to have a break from the game this season and try his hand at soccer.

Fortunately for the Barbarians they have been blessed picking up a ready replacement in Dan Seymour - and from all reports he has class written all over him.

“Losing Ryan was a huge blow for the side but we were lucky to find a replacement in Dan Seymour,” Barbarians coach Peter Ryder said.

“Dan is from Woodburn and played first-grade in Ballina last season, he is only 17 and looks the goods.

“He plays for the North Coast Academy of Sport and is their current goalie. Dan rang us up looking for a game...the timing could not have been better.”

Barbarians are shaping up as one of the teams to beat this season and with two wins under their belt already last year’s grand finalists are primed for a huge season. On Sunday against a new-look Sailors side Barbarians proved far too strong in all aspects of the game winning convincingly 7-2. Ryder said the victory against Sailors was a fantastic effort but what was more pleasing was the way his players combined on the field.

“I was happy with the way the players gelled as a team. The first half was a bit sloppy but after the break we got our passing game in order and we had better ball control,” he said.

Veteran back and captain Ray Loy, who is in his 30th season of A-grade men’s hockey, showed no signs of slowing down slotting three goals. Sailors struggled throughout the match to keep pace with their more-fancied opponents but with a relatively young side are sure to improve.

“Their (Sailors) biggest problem is they have introduced six or seven new players so it will take them a while to find their feet and gel as a team,” Ryder said.

The real test for Barbarians will be on Sunday when they take on a crack Southside team at Coffs Harbour. In the other A-grade game Coffs Southside got off to a flier against Royals leading 3-0 at the break before a spirited fight-back by the locals

saw them close the gap with the final scoreline 5-2 to Southside.

Royals coach John Taylor conceded his side will need to improve if they are to be a genuine threat this season.

“Southside were red-hot in the first half but it was good to see our guys fight back in the second half,” Taylor said.

“The game was poised at 3-2 midway through the half but unfortunately we conceded two late goals.”

Taylor said Royals are currently undergoing a rebuilding phase and added his side should only improve as the season progresses.

“We have four new faces in the team who we brought up from the under-16s. We are basically going through a rebuilding phase and hopefully by mid-season we can get our act together and get more experience behind us,” Taylor said.

Next week’s fixtures

Sailors v City Bears, Saturday at Brent Livermore Field at 5.20pm

Southside v Barbarians, Sunday at Coffs Harbour Synthetic Field at 2.15

Bye: Royals

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