Rockingham’s men’s Willow Bridge Cup sides dream of being promoted to AHG league next year slipped from their grasp during the week after being beaten by the 2 sides fighting to avoid relegation from AHG.
The first of the 4 team round robin games all at Perth Hockey Stadium was on Wednesday night against Suburban and was the closest on the score board with the Subs winning 2-1.
The second game on Saturday night against Old Guilford Mundaring Hockey Club (OGMHC) crushed the local side 6-1.
The difference between the grades was apparent from the first whistle in the Subs game with Rockingham coming under great pressure but to their credit with desperation and some luck managed to hold Subs out for most of the half and were only 1 nil down at half time.
Subs scored a second goal midway through the second half but the Redbacks responded with a penalty corner goal. Rockingham had the chance to level the scores after the siren had gone but couldn’t score from the penalty corner that is played out in time on.
The Old Guilford game on Saturday night was just as hard as the Subs game. OGMHC came out very strong and dominated most of the half with Rockingham playing catch up hockey very early. Rockingham did however start to build some momentum going in to the half time break and show signs of a fight back which saw them score a goal from a penalty corner.
Rockingham carried this forward into the second half but a couple of lapses saw Old Guildford score twice. Rockingham’s coach Neil Hawgood tried several options but the difference between the teams was too great but praised the team for their effort for the full 70 minutes and never gave up trying right to the end.
Rockingham plays their last promotion game against Peel on Tuesday which could determine the outcome of the series although Rockingham is out of the promotion race. They then have a week’s break to prepare for their second consecutive Grand Final appearance on Saturday 24th Sept at Perth Hockey Stadium.