Wanderers set course for victory
TWO goals to prolific goal scorer Todd Harmsworth ensured Wanderers men are on course for their seventh straight Rockhampton Hockey Association A1 premiership.
The reigning premiers are currently undefeated in 2011 and following their 5-3 win over Park Avenue Brothers on Saturday night at Kalka Shades, the Aaron Harmsworth-coached side is well on its way.
Wanderers now meet Southside United in the major semi-final next weekend.
After clinching their sixth straight CQ League title last weekend, Wanderers dominated the opening period in their win over Park Avenue by scoring five goals before the half-time siren.
Australian Country representative Todd Harmsworth scored a double while Aaron Thompson, Steven Evans each found the target before Aaron Harmsworth scored Wanderers’ fifth goal.
Leading 5-1 at the half-time break, Harmsworth said his side took the foot off the pedal, allowing Park Avenue to claw two goals back.
“I don’t think the score-line was a true reflection of the game,” Aaron said.
“To their credit they came back to score a couple of goals, but we used the second half to trial a few different things ahead of the finals.”
Todd Harmsworth’s weekend did not end there as on Sunday. During a catch-up game against Frenchville Rovers, he plundered a further three goals as Wanderers eased their way to an emphatic 6-0 victory.
Wanderers women also cemented their place on top of the A1 women’s ladder with a commanding 3-1 win over Park Avenue on Saturday.
In wet conditions, Wanderers forward Jess Kelly found the back of the net twice in the first half to give Wanderers a 2-1 half-time lead before Kate Hammett, who was Wanderers’ best, scored her team’s final later in the match.
“Kate had a really good second half and controlled the match at centre-mid,” Wanderers coach Scott Deeth said.
Park Avenue had a number of opportunities in the first half, but Wanderers defence – led by Kim Rebel at fullback – held strong to diffuse any threats.
“She was reading the play at the back and transferring the ball nicely,” Deeth said.
Frenchville Rovers will not be wanting a similar sort of result against Southside United when the two teams meet again in this weekend’s semi-final.
The two finished the competition in third and fourth position and must battle it out again this week for the right to meet the loser of the major semi-final.
On Saturday Southside ran over Rovers with two goals from Melissa Dobbs, and one each from Hannah Swann, Morgan Boustead and Sharon Connor gave Southside the 5-0 win.
Wanderers and Park Avenue women now meet in next weekend’s major semi-final for a place in the grand final, while Frenchville battle Southside in the minor semi-final.