THE Strikers went within a whisker of knocking over the ladder at the Albury Hockey Centre on Saturday.
The Hockey Albury Wodonga women were down a goal to the undefeated Tuggeranong Vikings after just 90 seconds, so the alarm bells were ringing in the wake of a 9-1 thumping against another of the top teams three weeks ago.
But a stirring comeback saw Maddison Horsburgh denied, before Eloise McCormick converted from the field to draw level in the opening stanza.
A short penalty conversion for the Vikings and it was 2-1 at the break.
Coach Tony Jones said the match had been an end-to-end contest as the Strikers searched for the equaliser.
“It was a terrific second half and, to be honest, their goalkeeper was terrific — we peppered the goal,” he said.
“Our defence was great and so too was the attack. “We had chances to equalise and even win.
“After their first goal I was worried it was going to be a repeat of the ANU game but the girls dug deep and were in it.”
Jones said the Strikers best were a trio of Jade’s — Mann, Versteegen and Campbell.
The Spitfires came from two goals down, not once but twice, in a 3-3 draw with the Vikings.
Coach Matt Smart said Charley Wallace and Scott Anderson were best in a spirited performance.
“We went down 2-0 early and 3-1 at the break but, importantly, there were no goals from short corners and that had been the emphasis after giving up five last week.”