Hockey: Melville City women slip two places after 4-3 loss to Victoria Park

Melville captain Mathilda Carmichael gets the ball away under pressure from Victoria Park's Amy Shaw. Picture: Teresa Forbes - TJM Photography
Melville captain Mathilda Carmichael gets the ball away under pressure from Victoria Park's Amy Shaw. Picture: Teresa Forbes - TJM Photography

MELVILLE City Hockey Club’s women have slipped to fifth on the State Hockey League ladder after falling 4-3 to Victoria Park on Saturday.

Victoria Park and Melville entered the game sitting third and fourth on the ladder separated only by percentage and it was the visitors that struck first, scoring in the opening minutes.

Melville equalised not long after when Casey Donaldson slapped in a tricky waist height cross hit.

In the 16th minute Victoria Park earned a penalty corner and managed to convert to regain the lead but it was short lived, with Chloe Carter scoring Melville’s second goal of the game to ensure the sides went to the break deadlocked at 2-2.

After the half-time break Victoria Park took advantage of a Melville form slump to score twice more, Maddy-Smith Gander giving her side hope with a 54th minute strike but that was the end of the day’s scoring.

The result means Melville finishes the first half of the season in fifth.

The Maroons will be keen to exact revenge and jump back into the top four when they resume their campaign with another fixture against Victoria Park at Perth Hockey Stadium on Friday.

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