Albion Park resolve to maintain control in Illawarra hockey

Albion Park's Scott Govers. Picture: ADAM McLEAN
Albion Park's Scott Govers. Picture: ADAM McLEAN


Albion Park will look to dish out a repeat dose of last week's devastating first-half performance when they meet Robertson this weekend.

The defending champions defeated Wests 4-2 in round 11 of the Illawarra first grade competition after a dominant opening stanza saw them hold a 3-0 half-time advantage.

Park midfielder Jack Hayes said his side will try to emulate that display when they take on Robertson at Croom Road.

"They are always pretty hard and are always quick and fit. We just have to keep doing what we do against them and put a few in early to get them on the back foot," Hayes said.

"We will try and do the same thing we did against Wests. Just control the ball and not give them much of a chance.

"Get the ball moving instead of running it."

Park executed that game plan perfectly in the opening half against Wests to ensure the match was almost out of reach of the third-placed side at the break.

"We had a good first 35 minutes. We controlled the ball and didn't really give them a chance in the first half," Hayes said.

Park attacker Blake Govers, as ever, was outstanding for the 2013 champions, scoring all four goals.

Hayes himself is no stranger to the scoresheet but a deeper role in midfield kept the skilled 20-year old from troubling the scorers as much as he has in the past.

The pair have helped guide Park into second on the ladder, two points adrift of first-placed University.

The Students demolished Robertson 10-1 in their round 11 meeting and host Mittagong at home this weekend.

Mittagong are coming off a 3-1 win of their own against Dapto, who play Wests in round 12.

In the women's competition, University still remain top of the league and undefeated after a 3-2 victory over third-placed Fairy Meadow last weekend.

Albion Park remained hot on their heels via 5-1 triumph over Gerringong and have three games in hand on the Students.

Figtree-Unanderra and Wests drew 1-1 while Avondale defeated Railways Greys 3-1.


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