Mixed results in national Hockey One competition

THE NSW Pride men kept their unbeaten streak intact with a dominant 6-1 win over Hockey Club Melbourne at Sydney Olympic Park in the national Hockey One competition on Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately the result wasn’t as good for their their female counterparts who fell 7-2 to a clinical Melbourne team earlier in the day.
A three goal-haul to Kurt Lovett, a brace from Blake Govers and diving field goal from Flynn Ogilvie were the highlights in the NSW Pride men’s victory over their neighbours from the south.
The win puts the NSW Pride men firmly in second spot behind the Brisbane Blaze on the Hockey One ladder.
In the women’s game, a second quarter flurry of goals from Melbourne broke the hearts of the NSW Pride home-crowd.
Amy Lawton put HC Melbourne on the board early with a field goal but was unable to extend their lead after NSW Pride goal-keeper Jocelyn Bartram expertly dealt with her conversion attempt. Abigail Wilson pegged one back for the Pride two minutes into the second quarter with a fantastic finish from a short corner.
However that was the end of the celebrations for the Pride, as Melbourne took a convincing 4-1 lead into the break before extending it even further in the third and finally putting the result beyond doubt in the fourth.
The result leaves the NSW Pride women with an uphill battle to make the Hockey One finals, requiring significant wins from their last two games.
The NSW Pride will now head to Perth this Saturday to take on the Thundersticks, before a trip to Brisbane in the final home-and-away round.