Just as they did back in round six, Confederates scored a late goal on Saturday afternoon to salvage a hard-fought, 1-all women’s Premier League Hockey draw with CYMS.
While it was Eva Reith-Snare who found the back of the net to equalise in the dying stages back in June, on Saturday Confederates’ Dubbo-based recruit Phoebe Bloink Hollier slashed a 62nd minute goal to force the deadlock.
Both sides were without a number of their big-name players for the round 13 clash – also the penultimate game of the regular season – and their depth was tested as a result.
After the grinding opening stages CYMS opened the scoring 10 minutes out from half-time through Luci Ferguson, and for a long while it looked as though her goal would prove decisive.
Bloink Hollier had other ideas as she equalised eight minutes from full-time though.
While the draw is a confidence boost for Confederates leading into next weekend’s final round, it looks like it’ll prove costly for the green and golds in their bid for a top two finish.
They were second heading into Saturday’s game but now drop back to third, and trail Lithgow Panthers by two points.
CYMS face minor premiers Bathurst St Pat’s next weekend and will need to win and hope Panthers get beaten by Bathurst Souths if they’re to sneak back into the top two and earn a major semi-final berth.
While they are guaranteed a spot in the finals, if things don’t fall in their favour in the final round they’ll be forced into a sudden-death encounter.
- CONFEDERATES 1 (Phoebe Bloink Hollier) drew with CYMS 1 (Luci Ferguson)