It was a dominant round for Shepparton’s hockey clubs at the weekend, with all four teams clinching wins in the Regional Hockey League.
Shepparton Youth Club A-men returned to the winners’ list on Friday night, defeating Echuca-Moama 4-2.
Remarkably, all six goals were scored in the first half, with SYC getting off to a terrific start with Ben Meats scoring three for the hosts, while Matthew Irwin chipped in with the fourth.
Echuca-Moama’s Tayden Monigatti was best for the visitors, scoring both times under lights.
The Strikers made considerably light work of close rival Mooroopna on Saturday, cruising to an 8-0 victory.
The hosts led by three at the main break, before scoring five sensational second-half goals.
Damien Black, Connor Holland and James McBain all scored two each for the Strikers, while Tim Russell and Angus Press also contributed to the score.
Despite losing 8-0, it was Mooroopna’s special K combination which fought ferociously — with Kieran Green and Kieran Vaivars starring in a losing side.
The Strikers sit on top of nemesis SYC with a six-goal-better score, having conceded just three goals in two games, while Echuca-Moama and Mooroopna sit third and fourth respectively.
It seemed like a case of deja vu with SYC women replicating the men’s score, running out a comfortable winner against Echuca.
Two goals from Molly Willmott got SYC off to the best of starts, before Meg Nicholson and Hayley Pepperell completed the four-goal haul at Shepparton.
Angela Acocks continued her great start to the season, scoring alongside Teagan Stuchbery for Echuca-Moama.
In the round’s final game it was the Strikers who clinched a narrow 1-0 victory against Mooroopna in a thrilling contest on Friday night.
The hosts backed up the win last week and sit first with six points, with SYC a game behind, while Echuca and Mooroopna languish on one point each after two rounds.