Grand final rematch has same outcome

July 19, 2017

Shepparton Youth Club proved too strong for Shepparton Strikers at the weekend.

It did not take long at all for a Regional Hockey League grand final rematch to happen.

Goulburn Valley Hockey Association round four A-grade action pitted Shepparton Strikers against Shepparton Youth Club for the second time in as many weeks in the men’s division.

However, the Strikers could not manage to flip the script on the Scorchers and again fell short, this time losing 5-1.

Jono Neilsen (two goals) did the most damage for the victors, while Ryan MacKenzie, Matt Higgins and Trent Popelier also found the back of the goal.

Angus Press was the only Striker to beat SYC’s goalkeeper in the defeat.

Mooroopna suffered a huge defeat at the hands of Echuca-Moama, failing to score in the eight-goal loss.

Lachlan Thompson (three goals) and Chris Matthews (two) provided the knockout blow for their side.

SYC sits atop the table with 10 points, with Echuca-Moama (nine points) hot on its heels in second.

In the A-women division, the Scorchers found a goal through Skye Said in the first half and knuckled down to protect the scoreline for the remainder of the clash against the Strikers.

The Cats also secured a tight victory, with Ellie Winzer’s and Kim Starkey’s successful strikes trumping Beau Starrit’s goal for Echuca-Moama.

Unsurprisingly, the tight nature of the round is reflected in the overall standings.

Just three points separates Mooroopna in first place and Echuca-Moama in fourth.

Meanwhile, the lower GV association grades reached round 10 of their respective competitions, and results were certainly varied.

In the B-men competition, Euroa defeated Echuca-Moama 5-3, the Strikers found two more goals than Benalla and Mooroopna fell to SYC, 3-1.

The B-women’s results had Benalla sneaking four goals past the Strikers’ defence and only conceding one, Euroa defeating Echuca-Moama 3-1 and Mooroopna and SYC playing out a tough 1-1 draw.

Echuca-Moama leads the under-15 division, Mooroopna and Echuca-Moama are locked on 10 points apiece at the top of the under-13 ladder and SYC continues to dominate in the under-11 competition.

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