Hale progress through to the Semi Finals after a nine goal thriller in the Elimination Final at Perth Hockey Stadium. Second half resurgence by Fremantle was not enough as the 2010 Premier’s held on to record a 5-4 victory.
A first half brace by league’s leading goal scorer Geoff Cock, as well as a goal to Michael Ferguson saw Hale with a resounding 3 goal lead at half time.
Fremantle needed to get the first goal of the second half if they were to have any chance of getting back into the game. It would be midfield dynamo Simon Orchard to spark life back into the port side. Orchard’s solo run around the baseline set up Tim Boteler who made no mistake from close range to score Fremantle’s opener.
The Magpies intensity lifted after the first goal, but Hale soon restored their three goal lead. Freo ‘keeper Ellis pulled out a couple of top draw saves moments earlier, but was unable to prevent Tim Deavin from scoring in the 49th minute.
Despite the setback, Fremantle continued to pressure and were rewarded courtesy of Simon Orchard. Weaving past three defenders, Orchard found Boteler again who grabbed his second of the game.
Fremantle would reduce the deficit to just one with six minutes left on the clock when Simon Orchard found the back of the net.
Any chance of a Fremantle comeback was slashed two minutes later when Fergus Kavanagh’s deflection from a penalty corner found the back of the net.
Paul Nicholls tucked away his shot pass Ben Rennie late on to make it 5-4 but time would be the enemy with Hale seeing out the late charge.
The win sets up a Semi-Final clash with Old Aquinians on Wednesday night. Fremantle on the other hand sees their season come to a close, but can hold their head up high after performing admirably.
Earlier, Westside Wolves held out over Old Aquinians to record a 2-1 win. Nick Budgeon scored twice for Wolves, whilst Jeremy Hayward was Old Aquinians solitary goal scorer.
Neither side took control of the game in the early stages, but the Reds did have a few forays into their circle. Failure to take their chances would prove costly when Nick Budgeon converted two out of two penalty corners in the first half to take a two goal lead.
A 56th minute penalty corner for Old Aquinians saw Jeremy Hayward reduce the deficit to a one goal margin.
Old Aquinians tried everything to get the equaliser, even taking off ‘keeper Leon Hayward with four minutes to go. The tactic was all in vain as Westside Wolves held on for a 2-1 win.
Wolves face a mouth-watering clash against YMCC in the Semi Final, which will see the winner book a place in the Grand Final. Old Aquinians will face Hale in the other Semi Final.
YMCC Jamie Dwyer scores the winning goal of the Men's Melville Toyota League Grand Final
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Friday 10 April
Fremantle 5-3 Melville
Saturday 11 April
Curtin Trinity Pirates 2-5 OGMHC
Peel Rebels 1-2 Victoria Park
Westside Wolves 1-3 WASPs
Sunday 12 April
Old Aquinians 2-5 University of WA
* Hale v YMCC game postponed.
Friday 17 April
Victoria Park v CT Pirates
Perth Hockey Stadium (1) at 8:30pm
Saturday 18 April
YMCC v Westside Wolves
Lemnos Field at 2:30pm
Whitford v NC Raiders
Perth Hockey Stadium at 3:30pm
University of WA v WASPs
UWA Superturf (1) at 4:00pm
Sunday 19 April
Melville v Old Aquinians
Duracraft Stadium at 2:30pm