Gosford grabbed a 6-nil win against University at the NIHC, but the victory didn’t come without cost. Club captain Kylie Kingsley was rushed to hospital with a broken collarbone after going down hard in the second quarter.
Despite the loss of their leader, the Magpies kept pace. They had already notched four by the time Kingsley was taken from the field, with Deana Carr the first to draw blood against the Seapigs on Saturday afternoon. After Carr smashed one into the back of the net in the 12th minute, Jazzmyn Fillingham and Shelley Barrie put two away to give Gosford a confident 3-nil lead before half time.
Newcastle University had a close miss from an impressive corner in the third quarter, but just couldn’t manage to turn the game in their favour. Helen Hathaway struck soon after to sneak another goal for the Magpies.
Then Kingsley went down in the second, before Fillingham and Barrie both added a second goal each, bringing the advantage to six-points for the Magpies ahead of the full-time whistle.
Gosford’s injured captain said she was pleased with her team’s performance, especially with how they pushed on after her fall.
“We were happy with the win,” Kingsley told Chronicle after her side’s 6-0 victory. “Our side was a lot younger as we had to bring up some players, but those girls performed really well and gelled great with the team.
“Hopefully we can continue our form from this week and our linking in the midfield, we need to keep taking the goal opportunities as soon as they arise. As for me, I’ll have to wait and see if I need any surgery, but I do know I’ll be out for a few weeks.”
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After the six-goal loss, University coach Troy Scott said he was still pleased with his side’s performance, despite the end result.
“We were hoping to push them further than we did, but with some players out I am really proud of how the girls played,” Scott said. “We just got caught trying to hit through too many lines straight from the backs to the forwards, so we’ll work on distributing the ball in the middle a bit more at training and head into next week’s game stronger.”
Also this round, Souths secured a 3-2 win against the Oxfords at the Newcastle International Hockey Centre, and jumped to third in the standings. Central Coast were not as lucky, falling one goal short of the Regals in another 3-2 battle.
Meanwhile, down south at the Central Coast Hockey Park, both The Entrance and the Tigers failed to find the back of the net. Their match finished in a scoreless draw with points shared between them.
TABLE: Regals 14, Erina Avoca Beach 11, Souths 11, Oxfords 10, Gosford 10, Tigers 10, Central 7, The Entrance 7, Newcastle University 3.