The Tigers walked away underwhelmed with their result on Sunday afternoon, after managing to just hold on to a 2-all draw against the Regals in Round 5.
Charmaine Piper was the first off the mark in the only NDWHA Premier League fixture to go ahead last weekend, as she grabbed a quick goal for the Tigers. The Tigers dominated the first quarter of play against the Regals, and kept that energy high in the second as striker Berit Follong slammed one into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
“Our first half was our strongest, Tigers secretary Sharon Williams said after the draw. “We were up two points then before you know it they got a goal right before half time.”
Kate Cook was the Regal culprit that began the two-goal comeback, slotting one home at the stroke of half-time to leave the door ajar for an eventual leveller.
“It was disappointing to get behind 2-0 early, but as the game progressed we got better and better, however, and I was please with how well we bounced back,” Regals coach Ben Simes said.
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Williams said the Tigers came out of the sheds in the second half “depleted,” and without the that had kept them ahead in the opening periods, were unable to block the Regals shot from Emily Luckie that equalised standings.
It didn’t look likely to remain a draw at the Newcastle International Hockey Centre, however, as the Regals dominated the last quarter of play. In the end, it was a shot that went inches-wide that saw the points shared on Sunday.
“By the end we were lucky to hold on to the score,” Williams said. “They had a circle penetration in the last 15 seconds which got a scrappy and almost cost us.
“We are pretty disappointed with the end result, but we will work on our press and ball support in our 25 for a better performance next weekend.”
The split score sees Regals keep pace with the ladder-leading Erina Avoca Beach side, with both squads now on 11 points after five rounds. The Tigers sit just three points off the top, level with Souths with one win and two draws in four games.
The University vs Central Coast, and Oxford vs Erina Avoca Beach games were delayed last Saturday due to representative matches held at the NIHC. Rematch details have yet to be announced for those Round 5 games.
TABLE: Erina, Regals (11), Oxfords (9), Souths, Tigers (8), Gosford (7), Central (6), The Entrance (5), Uni (2).