THE 2013 NSW 60s team started where they left off in Hobart last October with a solid win over South Australia at Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Stadium today. The match was played in warm and sunny conditions which suited our players admirably.
Although the match was not a classic, there were many fast passages of play from our team which enabled us to penetrate the SA circle on numerous occasions. Five field goals and a penalty stroke by Denis Cranston were a fair reward for the effort made by our players.
Our skipper Bruce Snape led strongly from centre half and at times from right half. Noel French at centre forward was a real handful for our opponents. Wing halves, Phil (Wal) Garred and Keith Jervis were mobile and broke down several opposition attacks. Those two, together with backs Rick McConnell, Jeff Budden and Ron Dillon ensured that our keeper, john Williams rarely saw the ball. Gene Skinner, Terry Ashby and Ray Northwood were also impressive in attack and, along with Russell Clucas, were all rewarded with having their names enscribed into the scorebook. Ashby wanted more and actually knocked in a brace.
Match awards - We gave the SA goalkeeper the Best & Fairest for a superb exhibition which featured numerous fine saves. SAs award to the NSW B&F went to Peter Sweeney.
In other matches, WA def. Vic 6-1 and ACT def. WAC 5-1. QLD had the bye.
Tomorrow we face ACT in a match that should give us a better indication as to how well we work as a team.
Intense concentration as Bruce reveals the match plan