Pool Pirate Blake stings Rays

AUSTRALIAN squad member Blake Edwards bagged seven goals, including a stunning shot from the middle of the pool, in the Pool Pirates’ strong win at Wodonga yesterday.

Northside Stingrays narrowed the margin to a goal against the second-placed Pirates midway through the third quarter.

But Edwards’ goal, among others, provided a three-goal buffer, leading to a 10-7 win.

Coach Matt O’Connell said it was a strong win against quality opposition.

“Both teams were pretty much at full strength.

“We were only missing our keeper and Sam Dewar stepped in and was terrific, even saved a five-metre penalty.

“Danny Nugent was probably our best — he just had a really solid game.”

O’Connell said that full-strength Pool Pirates included players from Melbourne, Sydney and Coleambally.

“People want to play in this competition — they know the strength of the teams and the players we get here,” he said.

“We have had the Edwards brothers at the club for several years, although this is Blake’s first season.

“No one is complaining about getting the chance to play with and against quality players.”

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