Andrew Stanmore launches one forward for the Bears.
Andrew Stanmore launches one forward for the Bears. Christopher Blanchard

HOCKEY: Bears clean up in under-16 grand final replay

JUNIOR HOCKEY: Royals searched for redemption in a highly anticipated grand final replay in Under 16s hockey but again could not overcome City Bears.

When the two sides last faced off in last season's grand final, Bears side stole the premiership in extra time through a late Brayden Lollback strike after drop-offs had seen the sides down to five players.

The Bears had come from behind, scoring two second-half goals to force the match into overtime.

But come the two sides' first clash against each other this season and it was a different story with Bears dominating from the outset to claim a 2-0 victory.

Royals coach Nick Weller said his side were down on troops as they headed into the contest and he was pleased to see they could still hold their own against a good Bears outfit.

"It was a good game for our side with a few players out," he said.

"They passed the ball around well, they created opportunities but we just struggled to find the back of the net.

"We have learnt that we can still be competitive without our main players on the field."

Heading into round three of the competition, Royals will face off against Barbarians on Thursday night in what will be a relatively unknown clash, according to Weller.

"I am not too sure on what the Barbs line-up will look like this year," he said. "It is a bit of an unknown but we will have to wait and see."



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