WestVic Hockey women snare second win, close-in on top four, men win comfortably

WestVic Hockey’s women’s team is knocking on the door of Hockey Victoria’s women’s league one top four following its 2-1 win over Casey.

Tammy Hansford got her side off to an early lead, finding the goals after four minutes. But the Casey response came at the 20-minute mark, leaving scores tied 1-1 at the main change.

After a series of penalty corners 10 minutes into the second half, Mikenna Papworth put her side in front and a one-goal lead proved the match-winner.

WestVic coach Cristin Ruyg felt the team’s fitness gave it an edge in the second half.

POTENT: WestVic Hockey's Max Ferrier scored three goals against Casey on the weekend, which sees him as the league's leading goal-scorer. Picture: Supplied.

POTENT: WestVic Hockey's Max Ferrier scored three goals against Casey on the weekend, which sees him as the league's leading goal-scorer. Picture: Supplied.

“Our fitness has really improved and its giving us that second half edge that we need to be able to come away with points each week,” Ruyg said.

“One of our goals today was to go really hard in those first and last five minutes of each half, and the girls went one step further and did it for the first and last 10 in each, which is where that great attacking pressure and our goals came from.“

WestVic is now two points behind fourth-placed Mornington, which it plays next week.

For the men, it had no troubles accounting for Casey – an 8-0 victory the end result.

Max Ferrier scored a hat-trick while Cameron Sinclair scored two along with singles from Michael Churcher, Alex Hall, Lachie Hansford.