Bears savage Coffs

CITY Bears stamped their authority on the Grafton men's A grade hockey competition with a dominant and skilful display against a shell-shocked Southside outfit on Sunday night.

Southside had no answers for the competition favourite's relentless attack, which at times could only be described as brilliant.

The 5-0 scoreline could have easily blown-out to double figures if not for the efforts of Southside goalkeeper Luke Judson.

Judson put his body on the line several times to repel the endless attacking waves by the Bears' strike weapons up front.

Southside coach Wayne Edwards thought his side was a bit underdone, but gave due credit to the opposition.

“They are a very good side, we just couldn't match them … we need to get back to the basics and work on the fundamentals of the game,” he said.

“Not being able to train for three weeks due to our fields being under water did not help our preparation … we're not using that as an excuse, but we were a bit rusty tonight.”

It took the Bears 22 minutes to open their account with player of the match Matthew Harmon guiding the ball into the back of the goal for a 1-0 lead. Bears dominated possession for the remainder of the half, receiving several penalty corners only to be denied by Judson.

Bears coach Dave Dart was not concerned with the narrow 1-0 lead at the break and told his players if they were patient in the circle the goals would come.

Dart's advice payed off and with in eight minutes he presented Mark Pollock with an opportunity to calmly place the ball into the net for a 2-0 scoreline.

A penalty corner variation by Bears looked to go astray with a fully-stretched Judson making what appeared to be a valiant save. However, the ball rebounded off his pads to Mitchell Lollback who flicked the ball into the backboard to put his side ahead 3-0.

Bears goal-scoring machine Mark Pollock picked up a double when he slotted a deflection flick into the corner of the net. A penalty corner in the dying stages put the icing on the cake when Harmon found the top right corner of the goal to round off a tremendous game.

Dart was surprised with the ease of the victory considering it was a grand final replay.

“To win like that was great … I didn't think the score would blow-out like that in the second half ... and the good news is we still have Dave Kelly to return,” he said.

Dart singled out Harmon, Pollock and Lollback as his team's best on the night, while Southside coach Wayne Edwards praised both Dean Herbert and Reece Edwards for their efforts.

  •  IN other A grade matches Royals kept Sailors scoreless with a clinical 4-0 victory, with Nick Lane scoring a double.

In the final game Barbarians defeated Avros 7-1, with Josh Wainwright a stand-out finding the net on four occasions.

  •  AVROS Hockey Club is celebrating its 60th reunion on Saturday, June 6, at the South Club for all past male and female players. Any inquires please contact Michael Wunderlich on 6642 6037.

CITY BEARS 5 (Matthew Harmon FG 22m, Mark Pollock FG 38m, Mitchell Lollback FG 43m, Mark Pollock FG 45m, Matthew Harmon PC 58m.) d COFFS SOUTHSIDE 0

BARBARIANS 7 (Brad Inmon FG 3m, Josh Wainwright 9m, Nick Inmon FG 16m, Josh Wainwright PC 23m, Josh Wainwright PC 33m, Josh Wainwright FG 57m, Brad Inmon FG 58m.) d AVROS 1 (Luke McSkimmings FG 5m.)

ROYALS 4 (Thomas Condie PC 14m, Nick Lane PC 40m, Chris Arnott FG 44m, Nick Lane FG 59m.) d SAILORS 0

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