NARACOORTE Rams came away with two losses to Tigers in Lower SE hockey on the weekend in Edenhope.
Tigers v Rams 4-1
These two teams met for the first time since last year's grand final wherein Rams were the winners. Welcome to division one Jordan and Braden Clark from Kaniva, these boys both showed great ball skills.
The game started off with two short corners and no score. The Tiger boys appeared to have pleaded with their umpire to have Matt Waugh sent off for a "blunder".
The Rams then missed a great opportunity to score into open goals. At a short corner a goal was flicked off the Tigers goalie high into goals which appeared to spectators to be a goal, and after the umpires consulted it was deemed a goal just on the half time whistle - one goal to Rams.
Amazingly the Tigers scored two very quick goals within five minutes. Rams had an opportunity to goal at the short corner, but the Tigers goalie stopped the ball with great reaction.
The Tigers scored another two goals.
I would say that all goalies feel the pressure when a goal gets in, but remember it has to get through 10 other players before it gets down your end. A fast game, great job boys.
In division two, Tigers defeated Rams 2-0.
The magnificent Michael Hill returned to goalie for the division two game.
The Tigers goaled within minutes of starting the game. Someone sent a high flick over the high fence at the turf near spectators. Rams player Joe Bunnik nearly goaled.
The Rams were playing defensively.
Both the captains were called to the umpire to be sent off for two minutes because of "verbal altercations" by players.
Shortly after Joe took a forced breather on the bench to cool down.
The Tigers had a short corner before half time which was saved by Richie into Hilly - no goal.
The young Rams were working well out wide.
Rams were saved by a whistle when it blew just a second prior to a goal which Tigers thought they had.
There were many attempts by Rams to goal in the last part of the second half. Not quite sure, but Richie had a moment while trying to get a ball away from a Tigers player.
- Christine Bull