Hockey: Melville women fall to WASPS


Picture: Teresa Forbes/TJM Photographics
Picture: Teresa Forbes/TJM Photographics

ROUND two of the Women’s League saw Melville take on WASPS at Duracraft Stadium.

In what was always going to be a physical affair, Melville went down by a solitary goal to their opponents.

WASPS took control of the match early on and after three minutes Kirsten McKay made Melville pay for a turn over in their defensive 25 to give them the lead.

WASPS continued to have had the upper hand for the opening 20 minutes, as it was able to penetrate Melville’s press by playing in their midfield, as well as looking to make long, direct passes to its strikers.

Despite having control of the match, WASPS was unable to capitalise on its early dominance.

Melville worked its way into the game, and once it started moving the ball a bit faster were able to create some attacking chances.

Despite earning two penalty corners, which it was not able to convert, it was unable to have any quality field shots on goal.

As halftime neared, and the score remained at 1-0 in favour of WASPS, the speed of play did not drop.

After the break both teams came out with renewed energy but strikers on both sides lacked goal opportunities with most of the second half played in the midfield.

Melville earned a couple of penalty corners, which again it was unable to convert, while Melville goalkeeper Erin Judd made a terrific save in the final minutes to keep her side in the match.

Unfortunately, Judd’s goalkeeping work would not be enough, as her teammates were unable to convert one of their chances down the other end.

WASPS closed out the game and earned their first points for the season.