Tigers savage Heat rivals
GRANVILLE Tigers are showing no signs of releasing their grip on the Maryborough District Hockey Association A1 men’s premiership.
Granville, who have won the premiership for the past 11 seasons, eased into the finals by beating Gympie’s Cooloola Heat 5-1 in the final round of the regular season competition at the Woodstock Street grounds on Saturday.
Joel Helmstedt (2), Cameron Baker, Jon-Paul Kahler and Aaron Grevell scored the goals which booked the minor premiers a finals showdown against second-placed Wallaroos this Saturday.
Daniel Naismith was on target for the visitors. Wallaroos beat Brothers 2-1 in the other game of the round.
Shaun Goldenstein and Joel Williams did the damage for Wallaroos while Macauley Ryan scored for Brothers.
Despite the defeat, Brothers, who lost in last year’s grand final, remain in the finals race and will take on Cooloola Heat in the semi-finals.
Granville Rovers are still in with a shot at defending their crown in the women’s division after they ended Brothers hopes of making the finals for another season.
Granville crushed Brothers 6-0, a defeat which means Brothers will not feature in this season’s semi-finals.
Kiah Hawker (2), Kim Bristow, Abbey Hawker, Abbey Black and Brooke Savage scored the goals which ensured Granville finished second on the ladder.
They will now play minor premiers, Wallaroos, in the semi-finals.
Wallaroos had the bye this round.
Tinana and United Panthers will contest the other semi-final and they had a dress rehearsal in Saturday’s final round.
Honours finished even after the game finished 2-all.
Lyn Tucker and Stacey Steffen found the back of the net for United Panthers while Sarah Brown scored twice for Tinana.