Cubs make Bears earn win

ONE team knows what it takes to win a hockey game.

After all, it has featured in countless A-grade deciders.

The other team is experiencing its first season in the top-grade and according to its coach, Peter Herden, is no pushover.

The City Bears Cubs played their big brothers Bears on Sunday and although going down 4-1 left the field with renewed confidence.

“We played our number one side and I thought the young guys went really well,” Herden said.

“It was actually one-all in the second half. The boys have improved with every game and they should have a few wins during the year.”

Herden revealed that before the match his young charges were full of confidence in what he described as somewhat of a grudge match.

“They were actually a bit cocky before the game,” Herden said.

“They were saying let’s go and knock them off. I suppose in a way it was a bit of a grudge match.”

Herden said it was difficult to single out one stand-out player for Cubs but admitted the Bears managed to find another gear when they needed to.

“I couldn’t pick one player who stood out, as everyone performed well. It was a great team effort,” he said.

“The other team stepped up a gear when they needed to but our guys can certainly hold their heads up high.”

Bears captain Dave Kelly agreed with Herden that the Cubs would be a force in the latter part of the season.

“I thought they were excellent. They played a lot faster game than in previous weeks,” Kelly said.

“They put us under pressure after they scored their goal but in the end the experience of our side held them at bay.

“It was a fun game and had that grudge match feel to it, which was good. I think they’ll be a bit of a threat at the end of the season.”

Apart from the Cubs testing their more fancied opponents, the highlight of the game was evergreen Bears striker Dave Dart missing an open goal.

BARBARIANS did enough to stay on top of the A-grade ladder with a hard-fought 4-2 victory over an improving Sailors outfit.

Barbarians coach Kyran Robertson said he was happy to grab the two competition points after his team hadn’t played a game for two weeks.

“Our boys were a bit underdone after not playing for a couple of weeks,” Robertson said.

“It was tight throughout the whole game. We were a bit scratchy but it was good to get a win up.

“Sailors went very well, although they play a different sort of game to the other A-grade teams,” he said.

Barbarians’ forward Josh Wainwright starred on the night, finding the back of the net on three occasions.

Sailors’ manager Tom Howard said under the guidance of coach Scott Smith his young team continued to improve.

“Obviously Barbs are the benchmark of A-grade but after being down two-nil I thought our guys matched them in the second half,” Howard said.

“Scott has the team focused on the basics and game plan.

“Our goalkeeper James Patterson was voted the Players’ Player after making some brilliant saves.

“And our youngest player, Justin Donohue, was outstanding.”

Reece Amos on the wing and Sam Howard, who scored a remarkable goal from a penalty corner, also put in impressive performances.

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