Hockey: Melville’s good run halted by 5-1 drubbing to University

Hockey: Melville’s good run halted by 5-1 drubbing to University

MELVILLE City men’s excellent run of recent form came to an abrupt end on the weekend when the unbeaten University team handed them a 5-1 drubbing.

University scored three goals in the first 12 minutes and was never threatened as it outclassed Melville in all facets of the game.

The only bright spots for the Melville team were the excellent work of goalkeeper Tristan Clemons, who was under siege for large periods of the game, and the continued goal scoring form of Justin McDougall, who scored Melville’s only goal.

Coach Russell Lee said it was an extremely disappointing result.

“University are a polished unit and they are unbeaten for a reason, but the manner in which we played was unacceptable,” he said.

“We didn’t really fire a shot and they outworked us for the entire game.

“We need to reflect on this game and then put it behind us, and get back to the way that we have been playing quickly, or any chance we have at playing finals will be lost.”

The women’s side was also beaten 6-3 in an entertaining game against University.