Dobbs' goal propels team to win
MELISSA Dobbs' goal at the death propelled her Southside United team into Saturday's grand final showdown with Wanderers.
In a battle between two evenly matched teams it was never going to be easy but unfortunately there has to be a loser and at the weekend at Kalka Shades that turned out to be Park Avenue Brothers.
Two days after the match Southside coach Tracy Doble was still over the moon about the 1-0 win.
“It was the first time we have got to the grand final in eleven years,” she said.
The coach was worried it was never going to happen, especially when the livewire Andrea Farrow had a goal disallowed.
If Farrow was disappointed with that decision then she gained her consolation in those dramatic final seconds as it was she who drove Southside forward in one final attack, aiming her pass in the direction of Dobbs and Ashleigh Doble.
It was Doble who received the ball and she ensured the Southside season continued.
Tracy Doble said she was preparing for 10 minutes each way of extra time when “Dobbsie” broke the deadlock.
“Last year it went to extra time and then they won on a count-back,” she said.
Doble said she felt PA had done well, especially the younger players who had stood up for the challenge while defender Tyneille Madden also shone.
There is little time for Southside to savour victory as this week Doble promises it will be business as usual.
“We will just do what we usually do every week,” she said.
“I don't want to have much of a change as it works against you.
“On the day we might have a team breakfast.”
In the Men's A-grade preliminary final it was also a close encounter between Southside United and Park Avenue Brothers.
Southside coach Robbie Peterson was still smiling about the win, not only because he plotted the Brothers downfall, but he also added something more personal to the occasion as he scored the winning goal.
“It was a pretty good win, but hard fought,” he said.
The Southside team showed a bit of character to win the match 2-1 as it had to come from behind.
“It was a good game that started pretty badly,” he said.
“We were down a goal early but the boys stuck to our game plan.”
Brad Beare had scored the Brothers goal and Peterson said while the game plan was simple it turned out to be effective.
“I had told them to just stick with the basics,” he said.
“We had no standouts, we all went out and did a job.”
The Southside equaliser came from Jarred Bass and the scores were locked until Peterson's dramatic winner late in the game.
Peterson would not be drawn into the team's plans leading up to the final with rivals Wanderers, apart from saying he wouldn't be looking at too many changes from the weekly routine.
“If our best is not good enough then it is well done to Wanderers,” he said philosophically.
Southside hope to bolster its numbers with the return of Ryan Knowles for the grand final.
- Isaac Houlihan was the toast of his Park Avenue Brothers under-15 team after scoring twice for his team in the Grand Final win over Wanderers.
Deyonte Fraser scored the other goal as Brothers won the match by 3-0 over their rivals.
Park Avenue was not quite so lucky in the Girl's under-15 final as a red-hot Frenchville Rovers side came out with guns blazing to destroy a Brothers side that had ended Wanderers season the previous week in a match ending 6-2.
For Frenchville a Brooke Andrews hat-trick and one from Rhiannon Turley gave Rovers the 4-0 win.
Wanderers rule the Rockhampton hockey world in the under-12 age group with both the boy's and girl's having Grand Final victories.
In the Boy's final Jackson Willie's two goal haul gave Wanderers the win in a close contest with Southside United.
Southside's goal came from Henry Balmain but it wasn't enough as Wanderers took the game by 2-1.
The win in the girl's final was far more clear cut as Wanderers took the match with Frenchville by 6-1.
Lucretia Willie was on target for the Wanderers girls scoring three of her team's goals with Ainslee Deeth hitting two and Gabby Cook one,
Frenchville's consolation came from the stick of Demi Roser.Saturday's grand final fixtures 10.00am- A3 Women, PA Brothers Red v PA Brothers Gold 11.35am- A3 Men, PA Brothers Red v Wanderers 1.10pm- A2 Women, Wanderers v PA Brothers 2.45pm- A2 Men, PA Brothers v Southside United 4.20pm- A1 Women, Wanderers v Southside United 6.00pm- A1 Men, Wanderers v Southside United.