Bears roar in an extra-time semi final thriller
IT WAS a nail-biting finish that went into extra time, but the Bears proved they were the better team, defeating Barbarians 3-2 in the men's hockey major semi-final.
Coach Peter Herden said it was a sweet win for the Bears who had drawn with the Barbs for the most part of the year.
"It's always a tight game with those guys and this was no exception," Herden said.
Two-nil to the Barbs at half-time, the Bears went into the change rooms sullen, but a few positive words turned their attitudes around.
"We came out in the second half and got two goals which sent us into extra time," Herden said.
Three minutes into the sudden death period Mark Pollock scored the winning goal for the Bears, sending them straight through to the grand final in two weeks time.
They may have the week off, but the Clocktower Royals will play the Barbarians in the preliminary finals this weekend after defeating Sailors 3-1 in the minor semis at the weekend. Captain/coach Michael Hughes said it was a tough game against a good team.
"They put us under a lot of pressure early, scoring first, but in the second half was where we started to dominate," Hughes said.
One-all at half time, Royals managed to swoop in with two more goals before the final hooter.
Hughes said this weekend's match against the Barbs would be another close one.
"Our forwards are the key for both teams so if we can get on top of their defence we can hopefully put a few goals away."
Whoever wins this weekend's game will go up against the Bears in the grand final.