Exit door opens for two clubs
THE MARYBOROUGH District Hockey Association still has two weeks to go before the curtain comes down on another A1 season.
However, that’s not the case for two clubs now after they bowed out of the finals race at the first hurdle on Saturday.
Tinana and Brothers both made early exits after losing their elimination semi-finals in their respective divisions at the Woodstock Street grounds.
A first-half goal from Bianca Daley ended Tinana’s premiership-winning hopes in the women’s competition as United Panthers won the game 1-0 to advance to the next stage.
United Panthers will now tackle defending premiers, Granville Rovers, for the right to play minor premiers, Wallaroos, in the grand final.
Wallaroos booked their grand final berth after a goal from Jodi Cullum sealed a 1-0 win against Granville Rovers in the other semi-final showdown.
In the men’s competition, Granville Tigers are well on the way to winning a 12th consecutive premiership after the minor premiers beat Wallaroos 4-1.
Australian and Queensland Country representative Cameron Baker starred for Granville Tigers.
He bagged a hat-trick while Trent Rosin scored the other goal that sent Granville Tigers straight into the grand final.
Jordan Pedersen found the back of the net for Wallaroos.
Wallaroos will now take on Gympie’s Cooloola Heat in the all-or-nothing clash for a grand final appearance.
Cooloola Heat ended Brothers season following a hard-fought 2-1 win.
Joe Kettle was on target for Brothers while Dan Naismith and Nathan Stephens did the damage for Cooloola.