ADRIANA Rogers was the three-goal hero in Falcons 4-3 win over Norths in the division 1 women’s grand final at the Albury Hockey Centre yesterday.
The combatants traded goals in a see-sawing first half.
On the 12-minute mark and after a series of penalty corners, Norths Emerald Beath scored, only for a goal-mouth scramble at the other end of the pitch a minute later to end up on the stick of Rogers for the first of her three goals.
Chelsea Fellows was on the end of a long pass eight minutes later to give Falcons the lead before Norths coach Nan Latta responded a minute later to tie the game 2-2 at the break.
But the second half was all Falcons, best on ground Jess Madden controlling the midfield while Norths keeper Sam Campbell made some spectacular and desperate saves to keep them in the match.
But with just six minutes to go Rogers broke the deadlock, and followed up with a second.
A consolation goal to Janessa Leggatt with a second to go didn’t dim the celebrations.
Falcons captain Kate Bardy, playing with shattered bones in a finger, said it was a victory for the underdogs.
“It was just a fantastic game by all the girls,” she said.
“We knew it had to come and we kept persisting. In the end, Adriana ended up with three.
“There were some outstanding performances but Jess Madden was a deserving best on ground.”
Norths captain and coach Nan Latta said there were no excuses.
“They play a physical game and we played into their hands,” she said.
“We have a very young side and they will all be the better for that experience.
“Sam Campbell was terrific in goal for us and I thought Belinda Burke did a great job on Madden, who is a class act.”