The Redbacks Willow Bridge Cup side hosted Whitfords at home on Saturday afternoon in front of a large group of supporters from both camps. The teams provided an exciting game which had the spectators on the edge of their seat until the final whistle when Rockingham scored in extra time to take out the win 4-3.
Rockingham started well and dominated the play with many sorties into attack but Whitfords Goalkeeper Andrew Rahim was having the game of his life and denied the Redbacks strikers any joy. Although the local side has been at the top of the ladder for the last 2 seasons they had been unable to defeat Whitfords and when Whitfords fearsome penalty corner battery scored the opening goal half way through the half and backed this up 5 minutes later with second short corner goal things looked ominous for the home side. Rockingham regrouped before half time and pegged a goal back when Nick Gerrard scored a superb goal from a short corner variation. For only the second time this season Rockingham were behind at half time.
The first 12 minutes of the second half saw 3 goals being scored. Christian Oskam sent the Rockingham supporters into a frenzy when he drove the ball from the base line on a tight angle to squeeze the ball past the keeper to make the scores level with the northern visitors. Whitfords responded within 3 minutes with their third goal, again taking the ascendency on the score board. Mathew Martin managed another field goal with a display of strength to bring the scores level again. Rockingham stepped up a gear with the defense tightening up and giving the Whitfords forwards no chances in the last period of the game. This gave the Redbacks strikers every opportunity to score at the other end but Whitfords keeper Rahim repelled many shots on goal. The home side had a series of short corners with only minutes to play but still could not beat the defence. Time elapsed before the last short corner was played and under the rules had to play out. For Rockingham who had never led during the game it was their last chance.
The short corner variation saw Mathew Wells have an unconvincing shot on goal as he topped the ball causing it to bounce just in front of the keeper and slowly bobble of his pads. As this was the last play Rockingham hit the front for the first time winning 4-3.