WestVic Hockey men salvage a draw, women go down 5-2

WestVic Hockey’s men’s side recovered from a 2-0 deficit to salvage a draw against Old Xaverians in its season opener of the Hockey Victoria men’s league one competition.

The newly-promoted Xaverians provided a stern test for WestVic, striking twice in the opening 20 minutes of the match, five minutes later, a reverse-stick from Max Ferrier made it 2-1.

Ferrier scored his second early in the second half, but scores remained tied at 2-2.

COMEBACK: The WestVic Hockey men salvaged a draw against Old Xaverians in its season opener after falling to a 2-0 deficit early in the match, Michael Churcher pictured. Picture: Supplied

COMEBACK: The WestVic Hockey men salvaged a draw against Old Xaverians in its season opener after falling to a 2-0 deficit early in the match, Michael Churcher pictured. Picture: Supplied

Coach Chris Vaughan said he would have liked to come away with the win, but acknowledged its opponent quickly adjusted to the lift in standard in its new league.

“You always hope to beat those teams that are coming up from the division below, at least to start with – disappointing in that sense,” he said.

Meanwhile, the women’s side went down 5-2. After trailing 3-0 at half-time, WestVic rallied at the main change to hit back, but ultimately paid for its slow start.

New coach Cristin Ruyg said it was disappointing, but felt it was not a true reflection of what to expect this season.