The Tigers are still in the running for finals contention, after defeating second on the ladder Erina Avoca Beach 4-2 on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers were “passionate” for a win at the Central Coast Hockey Centre, which was evident in their powerful opening attack against the locals.

The Tigers dominated the play in the opening quarter and had a close shot at goal just minutes into the match which “set the platform for the game,” according to Tigers coach Jackie Porter-Kay. 

Ellie Costley opened the scoring for the side, which was followed closely by Berit Follong to put the Tigers two goals ahead by half-time.

Erina Avoca fought back hard in the third quarter to grab their first point, but the Tigers remained in the lead after Molly Moore secured their third goal of the match.

“The third quarter was the hardest of the match,” said Porter-Kay. “They just pressured and pressured us to almost equalise the scoring.”

The fourth quarter saw Erina Avoca find the back of the net again which brought them just one goal behind the Tigers. Despite the locals’ efforts, Tigers’ star scorer Kristen Drysdale grabbed the final goal for her side, securing a 4-2 win.

“We needed this win to have a shot at the finals,” Porter-Kay said.

“We have become really comfortable as a team on and off the field, you know we are thinking well together, communicating well and everyone is doing their job, which has helped us gain more wins in the later end of the season.”

Back at the Newcastle International Hockey Centre, the Souths clinched the minor premiership with a 1-0 victory over Gosford.

Also in the round, Oxfords managed a 3-nil win against Central, and University just missed out on a win against The Entrance, falling 1-nil behind ahead of the final whistle.

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