Brent Russ has a shot on goal in heavy traffic in the circle against City Bears in men's A grade hockey.
Brent Russ has a shot on goal in heavy traffic in the circle against City Bears in men's A grade hockey. Adam Hourigan

Keeper Colgrave the hero for City

CITY Bears prepared for their major semi-final this weekend with a 2-0 win against Coffs Southside in the final round of the Grafton Hockey competition.

Bears coach David Kelly described the win as a lucky one, and praised goalkeeper Simon Colgrave for maintaining a clean sheet after being peppered by the Southside attack.

"It's probably the best game I've seen Simon play,'' Kelly said.

"He really kept us in the game, and it is a credit to him to have finished the match without a goal against us."

While that result was a welcome entree heading into the main semi, Kelly will be looking for a cleaner performance from his men on Sunday against Barbarians Hagars.

"The second half in particular was pretty scrappy, and there was very little midfield structure," Kelly said.

"Southside played pretty well, but it was a lot of end-to-end stuff, with long passes, which ruled the second term."

Kelly has been relegated to the sidelines after having a knee reconstruction to repair his anterior cruciate ligament, and he won't be the only Bears regular to be missing the finals.

"Jacob Purser is out for the remainder of the season with a knuckle injury and Mitch Eggins will miss this weekend after getting a red card in the B-grade match on Sunday," Kelly said.

Meanwhile, the Barbarians will need to bounce back from a 3-4 loss to Sailors as they embark on their finals campaign.

Barbs were securely locked into second place on the ladder before the match and will no doubt step it up a notch for the major semi against Bears.

Sailors will be full of confidence heading into the minor semi against Coffs Southside on Sunday, with both teams needing to win their next three matches to claim the premiership.



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