Waratahs win after Houdini act

THE Tweed Border hockey magicians that are Waratahs produced one of their finest Houdini moments to defeat United 2-1 in the opening round of the JH Williams League at Barrie Smith Field on Saturday.

Organisers couldn’t have hoped for more perfect conditions to welcome in the 2010 season, nor a better division one men’s exhibition, as Waratahs secured all three points with less than 90 seconds remaining.

Having taken the lead early through first grade debutant Brock Stanfield, their youngest player, Waratahs looked in control for much of the match.

However, panic set in midway through the second stanza when Nigel Chapman equalised and sent the game into a faster, frantic pace. Both teams began creating more opportunities but ultimately failed to find the net until Waratahs slotting one in just on fulltime.

A short corner presented one last opportunity for Waratahs and James Walker obliged, sending his drag flick rattling past the keeper.

Friday night featured the debut of newcomers Barbarians but unfortunately it wasn’t the fairytale start the competition’s youngest outfit was hoping for, beaten 3-1 by stalwarts Kingscliff.

Kingscliff scored all three goals from short-corner set plays, with Jordyn Wilson banging home two and Henry Prichard the other. While Mark Sheridan blasted the Barbarians back into the game with a one-timer, the young gun squad was not quite consistent enough to overhaul Kingscliff.

“I thought it was great to see the young Barbarians stick it to their older counterparts,” TBH president Richard Philip said.

In the women’s fixtures, Waratahs accounted for United 3-1 while Kingscliff and Mullumbimby drew 2-2. “The game between Waratahs and United was sluggish,” Philip said. “The other game was toe-to-toe, goal-for-goal, tackle-for-tackle, attack-for-attack and the 2-2 draw scoreline was a fair result.”



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