Strikers defeat by Peel the “same old story”

George GoodwinSouth Western Times
Jarred Booth played well for the Strikers in their four-goal loss to Peel on Saturday.
Camera IconJarred Booth played well for the Strikers in their four-goal loss to Peel on Saturday. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock / South Western Times

The Peel Rebels repeated their early season win over the South West Strikers with a 4-0 thumping at the Mandurah Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

Peel’s victory draws them level with the fourth-placed Joondalup Lakers on the Hockey WA Promotion One points table.

A shaky first half was followed by a much improved second for the Strikers with Jarrod Booth performing well in the midfield.

Booth was backed by Tom Payne and Matt Davis in defence, who gave it their best.

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Strikers coach Allan McGeoch described the game as “the same old story”.

“We shared the short corner count but the absence of ace (penalty stroke scorer) Sam Pike saw several close chances go begging in a frustrating second half,” he said.

“We won four penalty corners to their five but we failed to convert while they slammed in three of their opportunities.

“I’m willing to bet that we break our duck against Modernians in Bunbury this Saturday.”

The women’s team had the bye at the weekend due to the Country Week Championships in Perth.

This Saturday the bottom-placed Strikers men’s team take on Modernians at the Bunbury Hockey Stadium from 3.15pm.

The women will do battle with the third-placed Southern River from 1.45pm, with the victor to hold a spot inside the top two on the ladder.

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