Northey's saves the difference between winning and drawing for Ex-Services

LOOK OUT: Orange Ex-Services’ Mel Hope prepares to belt the ball out of her team’s defensive end during their 1-all women’s Premier League Hockey draw with Lithgow Zig Zag. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

LOOK OUT: Orange Ex-Services’ Mel Hope prepares to belt the ball out of her team’s defensive end during their 1-all women’s Premier League Hockey draw with Lithgow Zig Zag. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

ORANGE Ex-Services’ hopes of a women’s Premier League Hockey victory were thwarted on Saturday by an outstanding individual performance from Lithgow Zig Zag goalkeeper Kim Northey.

The Zig Zag shot-blocker was sensational between the sticks in a 1-all draw at the Orange Hockey Centre, with the home side unable to capitalise on dominant territory and possession in its round seven encounter against the Lithgow club.

Happy with the improvement his side displayed throughout the clash, Ex-Services coach Mitch Kennewell said there was little more his side could do in front of goal.

“Any other goalkeeper in the competition and it would have been 4-0 at half-time,” Kennewell said.

“Their goalkeeper had a blinder. She was probably the best player on the field.”

Despite being the dominant side throughout the first period, Kennewell’s side found themselves down 1-0 at the break following a brilliant Zig Zag goal scored through broken play hockey.

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Leanne Kennewell hit back for Servies in the second half but any attempt to leap ahead was quashed by Northey.

Still happy with the two points for his struggling women’s PLH line-up, Mitch Kennewell lauded the work of Haley Butcherine in the forwards as well as Ebony Press in the backs.

“Ebony pulled off a couple of great saves herself,” Kennewell said.

“There’s good signs for the team there, we showed what we’re capabale of when we control possession.”

Played in the freezing weather most sports encountered on Saturday, Kennewell said the game was somewhat affected by the unfriendly playing conditions.

“It was a pretty scrappy affair. A lot of the girls couldn’t get the ball to stick to their stick,” he added.

ORANGE EX-SERVICES 1 (Leanne Kennewell) drew with LITHGOW ZIG ZAG 1

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