Shepparton Youth Club and Echuca played a scintillating match during the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association’s A-grade women’s match at the weekend.
Proving the even nature of this year’s competition, neither side was able to gain the upper hand against its opposition when the final whistle was blown.
Prolific goal scorer Molly Willmott was in her usual blistering form, netting all three of SYC’s goals for the match.
But the River Rats shared the scoring with Teagan Stuchbery, Angela Acocks and Abbey Mathers all finding their way onto the scoreboard.
As Echuca bustled for a victory which would have lifted it off the bottom of the table Shae Oliver and Acocks were among the side’s best.
But despite not gathering the win, the River Rats are still only five points off top side Mooroopna.
For SYC, Aimee Cecchin was again in the votes, as was Skye Said and Meg Nicholson.
The Cats maintained their lead on top of the table after a hard-fought win against Shepparton Strikers.
Kim Broadhurst and Kim Starkey were Mooroopna’s scorers in the victory as Taya Hayes battled hard in a losing effort.
But the Strikers’ men were more fortunate in their endeavours at the weekend, blitzing Mooroopna 11-0.
With state representative Connor Holland scoring four goals in the win, Nathan McBain and James McBain each added three goals, with Tim Russell sending one home himself.
Kale Kennedy shone for Mooroopna despite the scoreline as the Cats continue to search for their first win of the season.
The final match of the round was still a blowout, but paled in comparison to the Strikers’ victory.
SYC took home full points in a 5-1 victory against Echuca as the top side exerted its dominance.
Jono Neilsen was in fine touch with four goals for the Scorchers, while Paul Irwin slotted through the final goal with both players gaining just reward for their best-on-field efforts.