The Tigers defeated ladder-rivals the Regals on Saturday with nine unanswered goals, six of which were thanks to dynamic duo Katie Hamment and Kirsten Drysdale.

Coming off the back of an 11-1 win against Newcastle University, Tigers coach Jackie Porter-Kay said the girls had a “boost in confidence” heading into the Round 10 match at Newcastle’s International Hockey Centre.

This confidence was highlighted immediately in the game, as the Tigers opened the scoring just 45 seconds into the first quarter. The side secured two more against the Regals by the fourth minute, giving them a convincing three-goal lead heading into the second quarter.

The Regals, however, bounced back in the second quarter, fighting hard to reclaim the game. Despite their efforts, both teams failed to find the back of the net, leaving the scoreboard untouched by half time.

“The Regals certainly gave us everything they had in the second quarter,” said Tigers coach Jackie Porter-Kay. “But they couldn’t penetrate us, so we came right back in the third to score again pretty quickly.”

The Tigers ramped  back up for the remainder of the game, grabbing three goals in both the third and fourth quarters to secure the impressive victory. Kay-Porter said a majority of their point score was a result of Kirsten Drysdale’s turn around in the defence and Katie Hamment’s drive up front.

“Kirsten was taking the ball along the back line and picking Katie up from the centre dot, which allowed her to score a lot of goals,” said Porter-Kay. “We had been struggling all year to score goals, so this result shows how well the team is gelling.”

The last match between the rivals saw a 2-all draw, so this result was a “surprise” for the girls according to co-captain Sharon Williams.

“We just got on top of them, especially over their goal keeper and kind of rattled her quite quickly and managed to come away with the 9-nil win which was a real surprise,” said Williams.

Also on Saturday, Souths managed a late 4-0 defeat over Newcastle University, who held their ground for majority of the match. Central started strong against the Oxford’s, grabbing the first goal just minutes into the match. The ladder leaders bounced back, however, in a 4-1 win. And down South, Erina Avoca Beach defeated The Entrance 3-nil.

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