City Bears v Barbs Hagars Joshua Lollback Laurie Urquart
City Bears v Barbs Hagars Joshua Lollback Laurie Urquart Shane Sedger

Barbarians stun Bears

BARBARIANS are through to the grand final, after springing a 4-3 upset against City Bears in the major semi-final on Sunday.

Bears coach David Kelly said he didn't know where it went wrong.

"I have no idea what happened," Kelly said.

"We were going all right at 3-1, then the boys must've relaxed.

"Next thing you know we lost 4-3.

"In the end the Barbarians just wanted it more."

Kelly praised Harry Fahey, who netted two goals on his return from injury.

"He was just superb for us," he said.

The Bears have a week to regroup, before taking on Sailors in the preliminary final.

"They're the dark horses of the competition.

"It's going to be a hard match," Kelly said.

"The boys need to want the win, and hopefully do when it matters."

Sailors accounted for Coffs Southside 3-1 in the minor semi-final on Sunday.

Captain-coach Scott Smith was happy with the win, emphasising his team's never-say-die approach to its matches.

"Finals are a completely different ball game," Smith said.

"We lost 5-1 to Coffs two weeks ago and it took a fair bit to recover mentally for this game.

"We've got some great momentum at the right time of the season."

Despite the challenge of playing the minor premiers Bears, Smith seemed confident of the Sailors picking up a win.

"The Bears play a really good style of hockey and they'll be stronger this week," he said.

"We know what we need to do to win. It's just a matter of doing it on the day."

The preliminary final will start at 5.15pm on Sunday at the Grafton Hockey Complex.



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