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THE Gawler Strikers' A women's side
ended a 23-year premiership drought
by dominating Tanunda to win 6-3 in
Saturday's Barossa Valley Hockey As-
sociation grand final at Stockwell on
The Strikers produced a stunning first
half that saw them register four goals to the
Magpies' one, which put them in a strong
Coach Lisa Johnson was thrilled with her
"It's a big thing for the club for it to hap-
pen because there's been so many years
where we've been so close," Johnson said.
"So, to actually get over the line, and
to get a premiership, it means a lot to the
The first 15 minutes of the match was
tense, with both teams pressing for an early
Gawler withstood some early pressure,
before some promising forward runs from
Laura Kingsmill, Jay Galmesa and Georgia
Hall led to a short corner and subsequent
Johnson said there had been a big empha-
sis on practising short corners at training in
the lead-up to the match.
"When we played (Tanunda) in the semi-
final we had 12 short corners and didn't
convert any, and on Saturday I think we
converted three from about eight," Johnson
"So it was a much better conversion rate,
and we knew we had to convert those cor-
ners to win."
Two more goals would follow in quick
succession, with Tanunda getting one
When Gawler's Chelsea Broadhurst
found the net, the half-time score was 4-1
in the Strikers' favour.
"To go in at half-time 4-1 up in a grand
final is quite unusual," Johnson said.
"So we were in a very good position, but
we knew that if we could score four goals in
a half then they could, too."
After a back and forth 10 minutes, Ta-
nunda scored the first goal in the second
half to lift its spirits.
However, the Magpies' momentum was
short-lived, with Kingsmill again beating
the Tanunda keeper to extend Gawler's
Tanunda kept pressing, but the Strikers'
defence held strong with Jessica Mensforth,
Daisy Jackson, Jess Szulc and Nicole Stub-
ing all playing well to repel the Magpies'
With seven minutes remaining Galmesa
scored her side's sixth goal to seal the win
Kingsmill and Galmesa finished with
two goals, with Hall and Broadhurst each
NURIOOTPA has reclaimed the Barossa
Valley Hockey Association A men's pre-
miership by winning a tight 1-0 encounter
with Tanunda at Stockwell on Saturday.
The side was determined to make up from
last year's grand final defeat against the Mag-
pies, and did so on the weekend, securing its
eleventh premiership in 12 years.
Nuri captain Craig Schulz said his team
used last year's anguish as motivation head-
ing into the match.
"The heartbreak from last year is, I think,
what got us over the line," Schulz said.
"There was seven guys that won their first
A-grade premiership this year, but at least
half of them lost (the grand final) last year.
"There was a lot of talk during the week
about how we felt after the grand final last
year and we didn't want to feel like that
The match was played predominantly in
the middle part of the ground, with neither
side having many short corner opportuni-
ties or shots on goal.
Midway through the half, Nuriootpa's
Ben Parbs was able to scrap a goal from one
of the few short corner chances to take a 1-0
lead heading into the main break.
With the premiership on the line, neither
side was willing to give an inch resulting in
a fiercely contested second half.
Tanunda did its best to rattle the opposi-
tion defence, but with last year's loss spur-
ring them on, Nuriootpa held strong to
notch a thrilling grand final win.
"The last five minutes our defence was
just under the pump the whole time,"
"At the end I think we wanted it more, to
tell you the truth.
"The Tanunda boys probably disagree
with me, but that's the way it seemed to
In the B men, Nuriootpa Green got the
better of club rival Nuriootpa Gold to win
the grand final 2-1, while Tanunda was the
victor in the B women's high-scoring 5-3
decider against Angaston-Moculta United.
A MEN: Nuriootpa 1 d Tanunda 0
A WOMEN: Gawler 6 d Tanunda 3
B MEN: Nuriootpa Green 2 d Nuriootpa
B WOMEN: Tanunda 5 d AM United 3
UNDER 17: Nuriootpa 6 d AM United
1 UNDER 14: Nuriootpa 2 d Trinity Col-
Nuriootpa gets back that winning feeling in
Barossa Valley A-men's hockey. PHOTO: Supplied
Tanunda's defence ghts to prevent Gawler's strikers from scoring. PHOTO: Frank Gallasch
Gawler Strikers celebrate their long-awaited premiership success after a 6-3 win over Tanunda in Barossa Valley Women's A-grade hockey.
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