Thrilling performances from both Western Australia’s Under 18s teams have helped the State get off to a solid start at the 2018 National Championships today (Tuesday).
Earlier today the State’s women got off to the perfect start as they thrashed Australian Capital Territory (ACT) 5-0 in their opening game of the tournament.
South West star Georgina Dowd struck the first blow with an 11th minute field goal and Kardinya’s Jo Synman then doubled the lead before half-time after converting from a penalty corner.
After the break Western Australia continued to dominate and were soon three goals to the good after Dowd fired in a penalty stroke in the 40th minute.
Canning Vale’s Jade Vanderswan then extended the lead further with a field goal just nine minutes later before Synman completed the rout with her second of the game in the 58th minute.
WA’s women are back in action tomorrow against Queensland (Gold) at 8.30am (AWST).
Elsewhere, the State’s U18 men showed tremendous character to fight back and earn a draw against New South Wales (NSW) State.
Williams’ native Oliver Harding – a late call-up to side to replace the injured WA captain Alistair Murray, – made his presence on felt almost immediately giving his side the lead in the 12th minute.
NSW struck back moments later through Ky Willott and although Kattaning’s Lewis Barrett put WA 2-1 up in the 24th minute, Willott hit another to draw his side level. Lain Carr then gave NSW the lead for the first time in the game on the stroke of half-time after converting from a penalty corner.
After the break WA came out fighting and were deservedly back on level terms mid-way through the second-half after Mount Pleasant’s Kyle Potter hit home from a 54th minute penalty corner.
In the closing moments there were a few tense moments for the State’s supporters as Kyle Pinto first received a yellow card with just over 10 minutes to go before James Collins was issued with a green card but WA’s defence held firm to ensure the match ended 3-3.