Hockey: Slattery stars as WASPs women win title, but men lose

WASPS player Kathryn Slattery in action. Picture: Daniel Carson/dcimages.org/Hockey WA
WASPS player Kathryn Slattery in action. Picture: Daniel Carson/dcimages.org/Hockey WA

WESLEY South Perth defeated Victoria Park Xavier 2-1 in the Women’s Premier 1 Grand Final on Saturday to ensure they went the entire season undefeated.

Western Australian Hockeyroo Kathryn Slattery struck twice to earn the victory for her side.

Speaking after the game, Slattery – who was awarded the Shirley Leece Medal for the Best and Fairest Player – said the victory was testament to how well her side had played all year.

WASPs got off to the perfect start, with the influential Slattery giving her side the lead after finding a yard of space inside the circle and smashing an instinctive shot which flew into the bottom left corner.

Victoria Park fought back and created chances of their own, with Rachel Frusher seeing her effort well saved after 10 minutes.

But Slattery looked a constant threat, although she was unable to add to her tally in the first half and heading into the break it was still only 1-0.

In the first minute of the second half, Slattery had doubled her side’s lead after beating Vic Park goalkeeper and Hockeyroo teammate Rachel Lynch with a smart flick.

University of WA are celebrating their first premiership triumph for a decade after edging Wesley South Perth in a thrilling Men’s Premier League Grand Final.

In the first half, WASPs’ Murray McIntyre – who was celebrating his 501st Premier League game – put his side 1-0 with a fierce and instinctive snap shot which UWA’s goalkeeper Leon Hayward got a hand to but was unable to keep out.

WASPs and Kookaburra star Trent Mitton also had a couple of chances from penalty corners but the UWA defence held firm to go into the break only a goal down.

UWA came out strongly in the second half and began to dominate possession and create chances.

Some brilliant skill from UWA’s Tom Wickham allowed Seb Ewing to turn the ball over the line to bring the scores level.

Despite further chances for both teams, the tie was ultimately settled when Daniel Timms turned home a sweeping ball across the face of goal to complete the UWA comeback.

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