A JADE Versteegen treble has helped defending champions Newmarket Hotel to the top of the table in the women’s Hockey 8s competition.
The Newmarket team ended with two wins and a draw on the first night of competition including a win over the side boasting NSW goalie Jocelyn Bartram.
In the six-team men’s division, Hume Building Society leads the way with two wins and a draw.
The Albury-Wodonga Strikers Dominic Wild and Victorian under-21 keeper Ben Hooppell were the keys to their good form on the first of three nights competition in the charity fund-raising competition.
But in a night of attrition Victorian Premier League player Sam McIntosh was reduced to a spectator after breaking his finger in his first game in the competition.
Last year’s men’s winner EDC is languishing at the bottom of the table.
“That is more a reflection of how tight the competition is this year,” organiser Ross Maggs said.
The Hockey 8s — a hybrid competition with modified rules — raises money for the Hilltop cancer accommodation units and to support development of junior hockey.