Wild ride for Allstars win
By TANIA PHILLIPS
ALLSTARS capped off their re- turn to the men's Tweed-Border Hockey first division with a thrilling win over defending premiers Waratah Bobcats in a high-scoring grand final at Bar- rie Smith Hockey Field, Mur- willumbah on Saturday after- noon. The Palm Beach-based club triumphed 7-4 in a game that see-sawed from end-to-end and never really looked won until the final few minutes. In the end it was Allstars ability to convert short corners into goals that gave them the edge over the determined Bob- cats who never gave up. Every time they were award- ed a short corner Allstars looked dangerous and in the end the majority of their seven goals came just that way.
Paul Dunlop scored three while Gareth Munro scored two and there one each to Gareth Richardson and Matt Hughes for Allstars while Matthew But- terini, Mick Newell, Dwayne Newell and Tim Willis scored for Bobcats. It was Allstars first win against the young Bobcats this season and the first time that the Burringbar-Mooball-based team had been beaten in a Tweed-Border grand final for four years. Their last grand final loss was also against Al- lstars. Allstars manager Rod Gibb said his side, which was a mix of young players and several experienced campaigners, had gone in with what he thought was the right attitude. "Our boys were quite re- laxed (going into the game)," he said. "But it was an exciting
grand final." He said the young players in the Allstars line-up had stepped up to the mark but the team's older players including Gareth Munro and goal-scoring maestro Paul Dunlop who had led the way. Disappointed Waratah's goal- keeper Mitch Paron conceded that penalty corners may have been the difference between the two teams. "In the end they capitalised on their opportunities and we didn't," he said. "They converted their short corners and we couldn't seem to. We had five (short corners) in a row and couldn't convert one." However Paron said his young team had 'played their hearts out' and with an average age of around 20 - they still had plenty of hockey in them.