Close encounters were the order of the day in the premier girl’s division of junior hockey on the weekend.
A one-goal difference was the result in both games.
A sole strike by Emily Horsnell was enough to get Panthers across the line against St Andrews.
Emily-Rose Turci and Dayna Kraus worked hard for Panthers and covered a fair bit of the grass field to get the blue and whites the two premiership points.
Chloe Buchanan continued her excellent form for the Saints.
Spectators witnessed a close match between Risdon and St Marks in the drizzle on Saturday morning.
At the end of the game, a three-two score line saw St Marks finish in front.
Danica Manfield was her usual busy self and was well supported in the mid-field by Lucy Wood and in defence by Sasha DeVries to give the Saints the edge.
Risdon’s Sean Blieschke and Kahla Williams were ‘up and about’ and battled well for the Tigers.
The boys’ section almost provided an upset.
St Marks and Crystal Brook were heading for a two-all draw on the grass until a late blow from Kris Sjostrom enabled the Saints to nab the points.
The Brookies took the fight right up to their more-fancied opponents and more than matched their field play.
Malycha and Kennewell received the accolades for Crystal Brook but it was the trio of Keain, Dickeson and Anastasiou that did the damage for the Saints.
Panthers had no trouble in defeating an undermanned Risdon unit in comfortable fashion.
They were well led by Dylan Adams who just has an ability to do whatever he likes with the little round thing, whether on the turf or the grass.
Perhaps he is the world’s first ‘ball whisperer’.
Honourable mentions in the under 14 matches were Alice Jackson (C/B), Aleisha Finlay (Panthers), Brooke North (St Marks) and Ellen Wauchope (St Andrews) for the girls while the boy’s competition yielded the names of Owen Smith (Panthers) and Joel Fuchs (St Andrews).