RYAN Phillips of the Waratahs goes down low for the ball during their final round clash of the JH Williams Hockey League against United.
RYAN Phillips of the Waratahs goes down low for the ball during their final round clash of the JH Williams Hockey League against United. Tweed Daily News

United steal the show in final

UNITED-Casuarina stole the show in the final round of the JH Williams Hockey League, running all over hot favourites Waratahs at the Barrie Smith Fields on Saturday.

The 1-0 triumph was only the club's third victory of the season, but Tweed Daily News hockey columnist Andrew Kirby expects United to return to Tweed Border Hockey action with newfound belief.

“For United to register such a big upset is great for the local Tweed competition,” he said.

“It will be a huge confidence booster for them, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them come back firing.

“Waratahs would still have to be favourites for the JH Williams despite the hiccup.”

Phantom reserve grader Stibard (No.9) who banged home the winning goal, pouncing on the spoils of a corner to give his side a memorable result.

Their hard work could have come undone after the final whistle, with Waratahs squandering their opportunity to rescue a draw with a dis- appointing penalty corner.

Elsewhere Kirby's Redbacks too were causing a stir in men's division two knocking off Alstonville 3-2 thanks to a remarkable hat-trick from Luke “Ronny” McMahon - the only player to score in each game this season.

While the Redbacks season was already dead, Alstonville required a win to advance through to the finals, and became notably aggravated by the situation, with five yellow cards issued during the course of the game.

“We had a bit of fun and tried a few new things, and it paid off, so it was a fantastic feeling to walk off winners,” Kirby said.

“To win without Australian representative Jake Farrell for the first time too was a huge result.

“They were filthy about missing out on the finals and even had a bit of a dig at Ronny.”

Both United and Redbacks return to TBH competition this weekend in Murwillumbah.



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