Furies win Esperance Womens Hockey Grand Final

Furies won their first Grand Final since 1991 and played a terrific team game. In only their third Grand Final appearance, their younger players stood up exceptionally well, particularly Ruby Hodges and Shelby Kennedy.

Condingup were quick off the mark with a goal off a short corner to Sophie Williams within the first two minutes of the match. The response from Furies was quick, with Renee Dowsett also converting a short corner within seconds.

Jacqui Tonkin controlled the centre of the field for the entire game, and fed her forwards beautifully. Ruby Hodges’ speed was on display, and she also converted off a short corner to give Furies a 2 -1 lead. This was followed quickly by a goal to Nyree Jacques, and the Furies team threatened to dominate the game. Condingup continued to fight hard, with Sonia Scott rallying the defence, and the indomitable Angela Hill scored for Condy off a short, to close the gap to one goal. However just before half time Furies were awarded a penalty stroke, which was swiftly converted by Jacqui Tonkin to see them head into the halftime break with a 4 -2 lead. 

The second half lacked the intensity of the first, and despite many short corners for both sides the score remained unchanged until the last few minutes when Kim Walter slotted one through to Condingup, giving their hopes a much needed boost. Monica Field was outstanding in defence for Furies, saving a goal right on the line. The focus of Furies remained firm, and they held on for a 4 -3 win.

Best on Ground was awarded to Jacqui Tonkin from Furies

Furies also polled well with other awards on the night winning Goalie of the Year (Amee McCalpine), Umpire of the Year (Jacqui Tonkin), Most Improved Umpire (Kayla Tonkin), Runner up F

Half Time Score: Condingup 2 – Furies 3

Full time Score: Condingup 3 – Furies 4

Goal scorers

Furies: Shelby Kennedy (1), Nyree Jacques (1), Ruby Hodges (1), Renee Dowsett (1)

Condingup: Sophie Williams (1), Angela Hill (1), Kim Walter (1)