THE Spitfires fell just short of a major upset in their clash against Goulburn, which was led by Australian strike forward Glenn Turner at the Albury Hockey Centre.
The home team led 2-1 on Saturday before world cup winning Kookaburra Turner broke the shackles of best on ground Charley Wallace and pounced on a loose ball in the circle.
Coach Matt Smart said the effort was the Spitfires’ best.
“Everyone played well, without exception — the guys from Goulburn said it was the closest they had been marked all year,” he said.
“Ben Allen was a stand-out, scoring off our only short corner of the game.
“Jeremy Payne and Scott Foley in goals were also among the best.
“Everything we have asked them to do all year came together and we had our winning chances.
“We were up 2-1 and then two bobbling balls in the circle ended up in the back of the net.
“Goulburn sits fourth on the ladder so it shows that with a bit of luck, we are more than competitive with the better sides in the competition.”
But the Spitfires felt the full of wrath of Turner scoring four and setting up another three in a 13-2 romp in the second game of the double header at the Albury Hockey Centre yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Strikers made it two from two with a 5-1 thrashing of North Canberra in the women’s Capital League.
The Hockey Albury Wod- onga women led 2-0 at the break.
Coach Tony Jones said they were simply too good.
“We were expected to beat them but the girls didn’t disappoint,” he said.
“We put pressure on them all over the park, created an enormous amount pressure but in the first half just couldn’t convert.
“The win was even better, seeing we were without Nan Latta and Sam Campbell in goals.
“Sadie Butler, Rhianna Coleiro and Eloise McCormick Were all good for us.
“With a full team we would be knocking on the door for the finals but ... two girls are away for three weeks and another for two weeks, so it is a big ask.”