Grand Final Glory Times Two For ASC!

ASC withstood a strong challenge from St Pat’s Blue to win the Bathurst Open Junior Hockey title 2-0 at the Cooke Complex on Saturday.

The match had shaped as a close affair with little between the two sides this season and ASC Master in Charge (MiC) of Hockey Greg Jones said that certainly proved to be the case.

“It always going to be tight, after the golden goal extra time loss to Pats in the major semi-final,” he said.

“We probably had the better of the play but it was back and forward and anything could have happened.”

ASC took the lead with just five minutes to go in the first half through a goal to Abbey.

No one was resting on their laurels after Pats had come back from 1-0 down in the major semi-final with everyone putting in a huge effort in both attack and defence.

Ella was outstanding at the back, firing pinpoint passes out of defence.

The match winner came against the run of play with just three minutes left in the game.

St Pat’s had ASC pinned in their defensive quarter when Grace made a breakaway.

Abbey used her speed to loom up in support and tap in a layoff from Grace for the sealer.

Mr Jones said he was particularly proud of the young ASC team for rising to the challenge against much older opposition.

“Of the 12 girls who took the field, 5 are in Year 8,” he said.

“Having cruised to a 7-1 victory in last year’s 15s grand final, the coaches gave this group of girls a challenge and put them in the Opens competition, expecting them to be competitive but really make a mark in a year or two.

“It has been great to see them step up to the challenge so quickly.”

Amazingly 8 of the 12 girls who played in the match backed up for the Under 15s grand final against Souths.

The emotion of the opens win seemed to have an impact with the undefeated 15s girls finding it difficult to get going but they were finally sparked into action when Souths took a shock 1-0 lead.

Lucy, Bridget, and Grace scored in quick succession and despite another goal to Souths, a goal to Ailee with 4 seconds to go before halftime gave ASC comfortable 4-2 lead.

Grace scored midway through the second half with Souths picking up a third consolation goal with a minute to go.

The victories continued ASC’s amazing record in junior hockey grand finals in recent years having now won 10 from 11!

Mr Jones said this could not have happened were it not for the efforts of the coaching staff.

“Thank you to Mrs Clements, Mrs Rendall & Stacey Tomlinson for their great coaching over the years,” he said.

Click HERE to check out some great photos of the action kindly supplied by Deb Porter


ASC Going For The Double!

Most people are lucky if they play in one grand final in their lifetime but a group of All Saints’ girls will play in two in one day at the Cooke Hockey Complex on Saturday 17 September.

No less than 9 members of the ASC Open side that will take the pitch against St Pat’s Blue at 8:30am will back up again for the ASC 15s in their decider against Souths at 10:30am!

It sounds like a recipe for double trouble but the ASC teams have been managing it all year and have every right to think they can do it again on Saturday.

The Opens face the toughest task having taken the hard road to the decider after a heartbreaking loss to St Pat’s in golden goal extra time last Saturday landed them in sudden death against Oberon on Monday night.

ASC were looking comfortable with quick goals to Lauren and Grace but Oberon worked their way back into the game with 2 penalty corners tieing the scores 2-2 at half time.

Grace gave ASC the lead after converting a penalty stroke with 18 minutes to go but it was a tense finish as the girls hung on grimly.

It was a great team effort with Phoebe Reynolds doing some great work in goals!

The Under 15’s took the quick route to the grand final with a solid win over Souths in the major final last Saturday.

It was a particularly strong effort given that the 8 girls backing up from the Opens team had to put aside the disappointment of their earlier loss.

Ailee scored before half time, and two goals to Grace in the second half gave the girls an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

Tilly and Ellen provided great opportunities out wide while Emma, Ellie, Georgie, and Indy were enterprising in attack.

Grace, Lucy, Rachel, Sami and Bridget controlled the game well and Natalia, Ella, and Shae were, as always, solid in defence.

Defending champions in the under 15s, the girls will be favourites to extend their reign having finished the season undefeated with 59 goals for to just 5 against.

They have also beaten Souths each of the three times they have met, including the major semi.

The Opens have a slight advantage over their opponents having beaten Pats in both regular season matches 4-2 and 1-0 but they will need to rebound from their extra time loss to the ever improving Blue and Whites if they are to lift the trophy.


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