VIC LEAGUE 1
The Gippsland Bulls enjoyed a high scoring victory over Werribee in men’s Vic League One hockey at the weekend.
In a goal fest of a game the Bulls scored their first of five through Jonno Anderson, who jinked a defender and hit the ball out of the air to the left side board.
Steven Pearse was celebrating before the ball had even passed the goal line when he powered one into the keeper, which deflected up into the air and back safely through the goals.
Jake Bush was able to pass an excellent ball to Mark Robjant who deflected a screamer past the goalie’s head into the roof and David Cuthbertson sealed an engrossing 5-4 win with a textbook short corner deflection.
With the Sun shining down on a warm Churchill pitch Werribee knew it was in for a battle against the Gippsland Bulls.
This was made clear when Bulls keeper Florian Weiherer-Kellermeier, donning a black sun visor, strolled onto the field, many believing Robocop had turned out to play.
Befitting his contribution to hockey in Gippsland, Doug Earwicker was given a guard of honour by both teams, accompanied by his daughter as he entered the field for his 200th game with the club.
An early barrage by the Werribee attack saw great amounts of pressure placed on the Bulls defence.
The general at the back Chris McGrath was solid and inspired young guns Darcy Simpson and first gamer Harry Broad, who both were able to stand up against the assault.
It was not until late in the first half that the Bulls were able to show some drive.
Stemming from 200 gamer Earwicker in midfield, the Bulls were able to forge a short corner.
With McGrath and Jake Clemm tussling for the accolade of leading goal scorer, a straight hit to the corner saw Clemm and the Bulls edge ahead.
Down at the half the visitor took to the field with renewed fervour in the second period.
An outstanding save by Weiherer-Kellermeier frustrated Werribee, however after a series of short corners they eventually levelled the score.
A late goal to Werribee was disallowed, leaving the final score 1-1.
Masters 35+ d Frankston 2-0
Under 14 Girls lt Altona 2-1
Under 14 Boys lt Southern United 9-1
Under 16 Mixed lt Waverly 4-0
MVL1 Firsts d Werribee 5-4
MVL1 Reserves drew Werribee 1-1