University have continued their strong form in this year's Illawarra League, claiming a 4-2 win over Fairy Meadow last Sunday.
With Albion Park having the bye, the Students claimed a good round 10 victory at Unanderra to climb just below Park on the men's hockey ladder at the halfway stage of the season.
William Orth, who is slowly developing as a prolific striker, bagged a hat-trick, scoring from a penalty corner to give University a 1-0 lead at the break. Orth scored his second in the third quarter before Fairy Meadow's Archie Smith scored a double to make it 2-2. With scores locked at 2-2 in the fourth quarter, University took the upper hand to break Meadow's defence and score two goals through Orth and Liam Dobbie for a 4-2 score.
"It was a good win for us against Meadow. Both teams had good chances but we were able to chip away and finally run over the top of them in the final quarter," Uni captain Callum Mackay said. "We were able to be clinical in the last quarter to really put the game beyond doubt and put us closer to Park on top of the table."
Dapto, under coach and former Kookaburra Simon Orchard, scored their first win of the season, beating premiers Wests Illawarra 4-3.
Dapto surprised Wests with the opening goal in the first quarter only for Wests to come back 2-1 at the break. In the second half, Dapto came back to 3-3, before scoring the late winner. Dapto's scorers were Keiran Brook, Angus O'Neill, Luke Potter and Lachlan Robinson, and Wests' scorers were Michael Arthur, Jack Rowe and Joel Westblade.
In round 11 of the women's league, competition leaders Albion Park beat Railway Greys 5-0, Wests defeated Avondale 3-1 and Uni beat Fairy Meadow 4-1.
We were able to be clinical in the last quarter to really put the game beyond doubt.- Callum Mackay