Couple taste hockey finals success
AARON Kenny and wife Belinda had plenty to celebrate yesterday.
They both won a Maryborough District Hockey Association A1 premiership-winning medal on Saturday.
Aaron, the captain/coach of Granville Tigers, led his team to winning the men’s premiership for an amazing 12th consecutive year after beating a gallant Wallaroos 3-2.
Wallaroos didn’t make it at all easy for the minor premiers – in fact, they made it really difficult.
Wallaroos, who lost 4-1 against the Tigers in the preliminary final a couple of weeks ago, opened the scoring through Shaun Goldenstein in only the third minute before Joel Williams made it 2-0 just 13 minutes later.
Although they were down, Granville Tigers were far from out – Jon-Paul Kahler ensured that.
He struck twice in five minutes to put his team back on level terms just before the half-time break.
That’s the way it stayed until Australian and Queensland Country representative Cameron Baker had his say for Granville Tigers in the 55th minute.
Baker scored what turned out to be the winning goal and end Wallaroos hopes of scoring a huge upset.
Granville goalkeeper Martin Harvey was named the player-of-the-final.
Another Harvey, Angela, who is also a goalkeeper, starred for Wallaroos in the women’s grand finale for the season.
Harvey, Belinda Kenny’s sister, produced a match-winning performance as Wallaroos held off a determined second-half assault from United Panthers.
Wallaroos, the minor premiers, won the game 2-1 thanks to goals from captain Belinda Kenny and Ashleigh King.
Stacey Steffen was on target for the Cheryll Brown-coached United Panthers.
Brown said Harvey’s form had been the deciding factor in the final.
“She was outstanding,” Brown said.
“We were all over them in the second half but just couldn’t find a way past her.”
Harvey’s teammate Deanne Jeffery was named the Player of the Final.