A VASTLY experienced coach with a wealth of hockey nous, it takes a lot to impress Kinross-CYMS mentor Pete Shea.
But in a glowing endorsement for the talent coming through the Orange hockey ranks, Shea has labelled his side’s 3-2 women’s Premier League Hockey victory over Orange rivals Ex-Services as one of the best he’s seen from Kinross-CYMS.
“With everything that’s happened and the players we had, it’s in the top five,” Shea said of his team’s win on Saturday.
“They just played so well. Our pattern fell away there in the second half a bit but we scrambled really well. It seems to be coming together very quickly.”
Up 1-0 at the break thanks to a Tanya Jachi goal at the 29th minute, the dynamic striker’s second six minutes into the second period shot the young Kinross-CYMS outfit to a 2-0 lead at the Orange Hockey Complex.
But as the game wore on Ex-Services came to the party and goals to Tiff Atkinson then Haley Butcherine within five minutes drew the game level at 2-all with five minutes to play.
Then with the game in the balance Jachi smashed home her third to clinch victory and secure the Kinross-CYMS girls their second win in three weeks, leaping them off the bottom of the 2014 ladder.
Shea praised Jachi’s feats in front of goal
“Tanya’s a bit of a freak in the circle. She’s got some wonderful skill in that area,” Shea said.
“We had one girl who was above the age of 20 out there yesterday, and to see them play as well as they did, put in the effort they did, it’s very pleasing. It has a lot to do with belief.”
In other women’s PLH results, Confederates went down to Bathurst Souths 5-1 at the Cooke Hockey Complex. Annie Pakinga scored the Orange’s side’s goal.
KINROSS-CYMS 3 (Tania Jachi 3) def EX-SERVICES 2 (Haley Butcherine, Tiff Atkinson).