QLD Scorchers take out women’s AHL

QLD Scorchers take out women’s AHL

Defeat Vic 3 - 2

Author: Holly MacNeil/Sunday, 9 October 2016/Categories: Hockey Australia NewsNational Championships

The Queensland Scorchers have come back from being one down at half time to win their second consecutive Australian Hockey League title over the Victorian Vipers. 

The gold medal match kicked off with a penalty corner goal for Victoria seven minutes into the first quarter after a conversion by Hannah Gravenall. Queensland tried to return the call minutes later but Rachael Lynch deflected beautifully.

Going into quarter time and the Vipers maintained their 1 – nil lead.  There were chances for both teams in the second, including a number of missed penalty corners for Victoria, but the score remained the VIC 1 – 0 QLD going into the half time break.

Five minutes into the second half and Queensland had a double shot on a penalty corner. Jodie Kenny came in with some powerful flicks but they couldn’t convert to goals for the reigning champions. With another shot at a penalty corner for Queensland, Savannah Fitzpatrick converted, taking the score to VIC 1 -1 QLD.

Victoria returned with a penalty corner chance, but the trap sent the ball flying high at the top of the circle, and the ball flew back down into Queensland territory. It was an unfortunate move for Victoria, as Rebecca Greiner took the opportunity to crack the ball in for a field goal giving Queensland the lead.

The last few minutes of the match were action packed. Jodie Kenny used her powerful drag flick to net a penalty corner for Queensland right at the beginning of the 60th minute of play, only for Victorian Sophie Taylor to fly down to the opposite end of the pitch and score for Victoria leaving seconds on the clock.  

Queensland Scorchers captain Jodie Kenny said of the win: “It’s back to back titles for us, so we made some history today which is really awesome. 

“We didn’t have the best start we probably had about 15 penalty corners against us, but we made it through and defended them well. We really pushed through right to the last minute and we got the win!”

The bronze medal match took place earlier in the day, with New South Wales coming away with the goods over Canberra.

After a mostly quiet first half, Michela Curtis went in for the kill, intercepting the ball from NSW and powerfully flicking it into goal for the Canberra Strikers. The score going into the half time break remained at 1 – 0 in favour of the Strikers.

Into the 37th minute and the Arrows took the chance to fight back with Kate Hanna striking the ball at the net to bag a field goal and get the Arrows on the score board.

Only four minutes later and NSW stole the lead from the ACT, Murphy Allendorf pocketing a field goal from the inside right of the circle. The ACT tried to come back in the very last minute of the game, making a break for the goal, but NSW goalkeeper was all over the net deflecting the goal.

Classification matches for the minor places took place on Saturday, with the full results available below.

Today’s Results
Gold Medal Match

VIC 2 - 3 QLD

Bronze Medal Match 
NSW 2 - 1 ACT

Final Standings
1. Queensland Scorchers
2. Victorian Vipers 
3. NSW Waratahs
4. Canberra Strikers
5.  WA Diamonds
6.  New Zealand Futures
7. Malaysia Tigresses
8.  Tassie Van Demons
9.  SA Suns
10. NT Pearls