Pegasus proved the master of Mines on Saturday night, orchestrating one of the upsets of the season in the Eastern Goldfields Hockey Association women’s A1 division.
The 5-3 victory pushed Pegasus to third in the standings, while second-placed Mines remain two wins shy of hauling in CBC, having played one more game than the league-leaders.
Pegasus drew first blood midway through the second stanza, when Charlotte Polmear slapped a ball into the bottom left corner.
A stunning individual goal from Kat Hope doubled Pegs’ advantage, which was cancelled when Mines’ Fiona Wakeman hit back shortly before the final break.
From there, the floodgates burst open.
Hope banked her second, Ella Kerr pounced on a short corner and Amber Shore scored, while Kaitlyn Polmear carved her name into the contest further up the field. Kylie Bailliff and Ashley Kingston (one goal each) fought until the end for Mines, as did influential trio Sian Hough, Sarah Zappelle and E’Mer McKenzie.
YMHC climbed into the top four with their third win of the season, outpointing an understrength Norths team on Sunday afternoon.
The 2-0 result consigned Norths to the foot of the table, though the fifth-placed side have played one game less than YM and Pegasus.
Norths dominated possession during the first half, despite having just 10 players to call upon, but were made to pay for their inefficiency in front of goal.
When an opportunity presented itself, YM would not be denied, securing a slender lead against the run of play, heading into half-time.
YM pressed home their numerical advantage when action resumed, notching their second goal from a short corner to put the result beyond doubt.
Michelle Hahn and Chloe Herring (one goal each) caused problems in attack, supported ably by Charlotte Hannekom, Elise Simpson and Jasmin-Lee Rebeiro.
Brooke Hawke, Hayley Bradshaw and Bec Clarke were among the best of a brave Norths side.
The shoe was on the other foot when the two clubs met in the women’s A2 competition on Saturday afternoon, with Norths edging out YMHC to claim a narrow 2-0 victory.
Julie Graham proved hard to contain, notching both goals of the game.
The scoreless top-of-the-table clash between Veterans and CBC failed to provide many highlights on Saturday afternoon, but left the competition tantalisingly poised with four sides vying for pole position.
Collegians and Vets remain deadlocked at the top of the standings with 23 points and a goal-difference of +11. Norths also have 23 points, with a goal-difference of +1.
Mines (fourth) were on the right side of a closely contested fixture on Saturday afternoon, winning 3-2 against fifth-placed Pegasus.