While players at the top level of the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association put their feet up for a rest last weekend, the rest of the competition continued to engage in some cracking contests.
The B-grade men’s division had 19 goals scored across just three matches, more than double last round’s total of nine.
Benalla did the most damage on the pitch, striking successfully six times in a comprehensive 6-3 win against Shepparton Youth Club.
Dane Hansted and David McIntyre scored two goals for the victors, with Martin Gillies and Evan Dowe also beating the opposition keeper.
For SYC, Jack Wellington also got on the scoreboard twice while Leigh Forte did so once during the defeat.
Ladder leader Shepparton Strikers dealt easily with cellar-dweller Euroa, winning 3-1.
Ben Binger was instrumental in the performance of his side, while Chris Mills, Damien Black and Evan Collins all scored throughout the win.
Echuca-Moama managed the only upset of the round when it defeated Mooroopna 4-2.
The Cats now sit just one-point ahead of their rival on the ladder.
Stuart Withers proved to be the difference in the clash, scoring two goals and asserting his dominance across the pitch.
In the B-grade women’s competition, top-of-the-table Benalla was brought down a peg by SYC.
The underdogs put together a dominant showing to take victory 6-1.
Tina Kerr and Sue Trevaskis slotted home two goals each and were well supported by successful strikes from Emily Schreck and Jasmine Murfett.
Sharon Watkins provided the only spark of excitement for Benalla when she scored its solitary goal.
In other results, the Strikers narrowly defeated Euroa 4-3 and Echuca-Moama found the going easy against Mooroopna in a 4-1 win.
Val Beis (Euroa) and Anna Pogue (Strikers) were the only other players to score multiple times in the round.
It was an absolute goal-fest in the under-15 division, with SYC defeating Benalla 10-2 and Echuca-Moama dominating Mooroopna 10-0.
Kyle Said was the standout with seven goals for SYC while Echuca-Moama’s Courtney Thompson and Tayden Monigatti both managed three goals in their team’s triumph.
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