MELVILLE’S fairytale run to a maiden State Hockey League premiership collapsed at the final hurdle, with City beaten 5-0 by Wesley and South Perth in the grand final at Perth Hockey Stadium on Saturday.
Melville was without regular goalkeeper Tristan Clemons and his replacement Matthew Bowater was kept busy early on but coped well.
In the eighth minute, WASPS took the lead after captain Rob Hammond steered the ball over the line following a penalty corner.
Shortly afterward Chris Ciriello doubled the lead, drag flicking the ball into the roof of the net from another WASPS penalty corner.
WASPS then controlled the game with Hammond and Mitton both going close while Melville’s Bowater did his best to keep his side in the game.
After half-time WASPS’ Murray McIntyre made it 3-0 and Duncan Pearce saw his penalty corner shot hit the bar.
Josh Miller then got on the scoresheet after turning in Hammond’s inviting pass and Mitton completed the scoring to make it 5-0.
After the game, WASPS captain Hammond, who picked up the Merv Adams Medal for best and fairest player, said he was delighted his team had tasted grand final success for the first time in 13 years.
“We’re elated – it’s been a long time in the making. We have a special playing group but it’s really, really hard for a team to put it together.
“It’s the performance we wanted, it’s the final I predicted which was high scoring, and it’s nice to put it together on the day.”
Melville captain Tim Geers said he was pleased with his side’s season despite the result.
“To be here shows how far we’ve come as a club,” he said.
“I’m really, really proud of our guys this season and hopefully we will be back up here in 2017.”