It was a dull weekend for Mooroopna in the A-grade Goulburn Valley Hockey Association on Sunday, while the Strikers faced mixed results against Echuca.
In the men’s A-grade, Shepparton Youth Club was at its scintillating best, slotting a handful of goals past Mooroopna in its 5-1 victory.
It was a game of two halves with all six goals coming in the opening stanza with Matt Irwin managing two goals of his own.
Trent Popelier, Ben Meates and Angus Masterson all featured prominently to find the back of the goal, as SYC secured its seventh win of the season.
The host now sits six points clear on top of the table, while Mooroopna continues its desperate search for a maiden victory.
In a battle between second and third, the Strikers hosted the higher-placed Echuca-Moama at their Shepparton field and the two sides could not be separated in a 4-4 draw.
Lachlan Russell scored half of the Strikers’ goals, while Connor Holland and Angus Press added one each.
Holland’s seventh goal of the season takes him level with James McBain at the top of the chart for the hosts, while Russell managed his first two goals of the campaign.
Meanwhile, in the round nine women’s A-grade, the Strikers proved too strong for Echuca winning 4-3 at home.
The Strikers trailed by one at the main break, but two unanswered goals ensured second-placed Strikers won their fourth game of the season.
Olivia Forbes and Rachelle Collins scored two goals each to ensure a hard-fought victory for the hosts.
SYC completed the double over Mooroopna, beating the ladder-leader 2-1.
Tina Kerr and Yvette Williams beat Nicki Hutton in Mooroopna’s goal, however, the visitors did score one of their own through Kim Broadhurst.
Mooroopna remains on top of the table, while Strikers, SYC and Echuca-Moama continue their fight.
Sue Trevaskis was sensational in B-women’s finals, scoring the game’s first goal for SYC as it went on to beat the Strikers 4-2 in a shootout.
With scores locked at 2-2 the full-time whistle blew, and for the first time both sides were ordered straight to a shootout, which SYC won.
Echuca also prevailed in its respective finals match, defeating Benalla 3-0.
In the men’s B-grade SYC romped home to an impressive 7-1 victory over Echuca.
Richard Said was a handful for his opponents, scoring five of his side’s seven goals, while Benalla edged out the Strikers 4-3.
SYC has cemented itself a grand final berth against Echuca in the under-15s after defeating Mooroopna 9-2, while it also proved too strong in the under-13s, winning 2-1.