Parks win breaks 18-month drought
HOCKEY: Park Avenue Brothers A-grade men will look to build on last weekend's monumental win when they tackle Sparks at Kalka Shades today.
They broke an 18-month drought with a gritty 3-1 win over Southern Suburbs last Saturday, their first since their semi-final victory of 2015.
It was a long time coming but the club was able to celebrate a double first grade victory, with its A-grade women scoring their fourth win on the trot against Gladstone Souths.
Men's coach Gary Lee said while the team had registered a number of draws, it felt good to finally break through for a win.
"It wasn't the best performance of the year but we stuck in there and got the much-desired result,” he said.
"It was nil-all at half-time and we knew we could grind out a win and we did.
"Hopefully we can build on that. Success does breed success; once you taste victory you want a little bit more of it.”
Father and son duo David and Lachlan Plant both scored in the long-awaited win, with young gun Kosia Williams slamming home the third to seal the result.
Parks' experienced goalkeeper David Wills, who played with a broken finger, was stand-out for Parks, continually thwarting Souths' attack in the closing stages of the game.
Lee said today's opponents, Sparks, got the win the last time the two teams met and would provide a good test again.
He is calling on his players to get the basics right, stay in the contest and take their opportunities when they come.
"We are starting to get the same personnel on the park and in the same positions,” he said.
"We've certainly got the talent there, it's a matter of everyone committing to the task at hand.”
Meanwhile, the Parks women extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-1 victory over Gladstone Souths.
Coach Robert Sweeney said while it was good to get the points, the team did not display the same desperation and intensity it had in previous weeks.
"The leaderboard is very tight after the first round of the extended league and we will need to lift our game for local rivals Wanderers this Saturday,” he said.