Hockey: Melville City battles to draw against reigning premiers

Hockey: Melville City battles to draw against reigning premiers

MELVILLE City men bounced back from a disappointing performance against reigning premiers YMCC with a hard fought 2-2 draw against perennial finalists WASPs.

Melville got off to an excellent start, with Justin McDougall continuing a fine run of goal-scoring form to net two goals in the first half, before WASPs pulled one back just before halftime.

The game settled after halftime until WASPs scored a fortunate equaliser which led to a frantic last 20 minutes as both sides fought for control.

Several fine reflex saves from goalkeeper Matt Bowater was complimented by excellent attacking work from Nick Tate and Matt Willis, and captain Tim Geers led from the front with his effort in the midfield.

Ultimately, despite numerous chances for both sides, a draw was a fitting result to a fast –paced and high standard game of hockey.

Coach Russell Lee said he was pleased to come away with a point from the game.

“The team put in a much more complete performance this week and it was very important to bounce back from our substandard effort against YMCC,” he said.

“We are very close to getting our full side on the park, and that should see the results start to come in the next few weeks – as long as we keep up the effort on the training track and during games.”