CITY men’s hockey team have cemented their place on top of Hockey New England’s ladder after defeating UNE- Ex-Services 8-3 on Sunday.
UNE-Ex-Services coach Robin Dobos said his side suffered from the absence of many A-grade players being away fulfilling university requirements.
“Given that we had players backing up from lower grades, we did reasonably well against City and the team as whole really stepped up to the challenge ,” he said.
“We were able to score a number of goals and these are positive signs for our side with so many players absent.”
City’s acting captain Sam Uphill said his side did well to convert opportunities into goals.
“Our forwards were really able to capitalise on the opportunities that we created,” he said.
Those opportunities saw Paul Woodford score four of City’s eight goals.
City’s strengths in the forwards helped them convincingly defeat UNE-Ex-Services and the backline held strong in defence.
“We had a really young backline in Sunday’s games,” Uphill said.
“We had two 13-year-olds who did really well to hold UNE- Ex-Services off in their circle.”
City are currently sitting at the top of the ladder and Sunday’s win has given them added confidence going into this weekend’s game against Guyra.
“Guyra are sitting just behind us on the ladder, but they also lost to Wolfpack last weekend,” Uphill said.
“This gives us a lot of positive signs heading into Sunday’s game.”
City may be sitting comfortably in the Hockey New England competition, but Uphill said that is where his team needs to stay.
“We need to make sure we keep winning games so that we finish on top of the ladder and secure the week off before the finals,” he said.
“This will give the team a chance to really freshen up, and this needs to be our focus.”
UNE-Ex-Services will again field a team combining players from lower grades as they turn their attention to this weekend’s game against Wolfpack.