Parkes Hotel Football Club v Peak Hill All Stars
There were some really good moments in the game for Parkes Hotel. The girls created quite a few shots on goal and mostly shut down the Peak Hill attack. Just two escaped balls (one each half) proved the difference with Parkes Hotel losing 2-0. Keeper Zarna Gould managed to get a glove to each on its ways through, but unfortunately couldn’t do enough to prevent the goals. Zarna did make another outstanding save in the second half, jumping to her right to push away a ball that was heading for the top corner.
Rebecca Jones and Kath Went both had awesome games with Bec earning 14 Player’s Player votes and Kath just pipping her at the post on 15 votes. They both ran hard, were often in just the right place and stopped many Peak Hill attacks. Bec created several chances with excellent crosses and nearly got to the post trying to run down some shots which went just wide.
Parkes Hotel did have one heart stopping moment when Kath went down, and stayed down with a suspected head injury. Assistant coach Dan Gordon performed a side-line HIA and cleared her to return to play. Parkes Hotel were forced to make a few changes in the backline: with Greta remaining, but paired first with Natasha Hodges, then with Ainsley Went and finally with Kath. Ains steam trained in to sweep up a number of break aways during the game, keeping Parkes Hotel in the match.
Spectator Heather Powter commented that “it was a tough game with lots of running and not enough control” and Corrie Baltimore commented that “we seemed to hesitate and loose too many of the 50:50 challenges on the ball”. The same themes occurred in captains Greta Gauts comments who stated that “each of the 12 who took the field gave it their all! We can be proud of that! Yet when it was all said and done, it seemed as though we lacked our mojo – or lacked a little “zing”. This is sure to worked on at training this week.
A special mention must go to midfielder Emily Dean who earnt player of match through a high work rate and effectively making Peak Hills centre midfielder in the second half. A second mention must go to founding member Leanne Pinkstone, who didn’t play due to injury, but informed us after the game that she is retiring. The club is sad to see you go and thanks you for your contribution over the years.