WestVic Hockey in fine form, within reach of top spot

WestVic Hockey’s men’s side is putting together a patch of form that has it as a genuine Hockey Victoria men’s league one contender.

It has won five matches on the trot, but more importantly, it has claimed the scalps of fellow top four teams KBH Brumbies and Old Xaverians. It is now in third position, one loss and two draws the only blemishes, while a seven-point gap has been opened up on fourth.

Boasting the equal best attack – with three players in the league’s top-10 scorers – along with the second best defense, conceding just 11 goals from its 11 outings.

Coach Chris Vaughan said confidence was high among the group, but with seven rounds still to play in the home and away season, it was essential to continue this form.

“We didn’t start particularly well this season, and I think we’ve got better most weeks,” Vaughan said.

Max Ferrier

Max Ferrier

“We could see the difference (against Brumbies last week, compared to when we met earlier in the season).

“Confidence is pretty high in our team at the moment...when you get that confidence, you just hope you can hang onto it until the end of the year.”

Once again, WestVic is met with a defining test this week – ladder leader PEGS.

WestVic beat PEGS 3-2 earlier in the season, a win this time around could see it advance to the top of the ladder.

With a likely finals campaign on the horizon, not only does this match-up hold a crucial three points, but a potential mental edge come September.

“We’ve beaten everyone in the top four, (but) this week will really make a difference if we can get the win.

“The psychological edge of winning is important.

“If you make finals, you’re going to see a couple of those teams again, it does help to feel like you get a bit of an edge.”

Meanwhile, the WestVic women remain in the hunt, but face an uphill battle to pinch a top four spot.

Fourth-place is the only attainable rung of the top four, WestVic five points off Mornington Peninsula.

Both teams will return from a bye this weekend.