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Well above Parr: Confederates break premier league drought in fine style

A WIN FOR THE AGES: Orange Confederates’ Ally Thurn passes the ball during her side’s win on Saturday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH
Nanjing Night Net

MOST teams wait a week, maybe two, between victories.

For women’s Premier League Hockeybattlers Confederates, Saturday’s thrilling 4-2 triumph against Lithgow Zig Zag ended a 12 month wait for what has proved to be quite an elusive taste of victory.

Before that, the absence of a win was even longer.

Try two years, when Feds broke through for their first win back in the women’s PLH competition on June 2, 2012 a 2-0 win over Parkes.

So you can imagine the euphoria at the Orange Hockey Complex when the red and blues – thanks largely to a three-goal haul from striker Georgia Parr – secured their first victory for the 2015 season, just their third in four years.

“Ecstatic, relieved … I think more relieved for the girls than anything,” Feds coach Mark Pengilly said, Feds now off the bottom of the ladder as well.

“They’ve kept persevering with it and set themselves goals, and now they’re starting to achieve them.”

Eyeing off the Zig Zag clash as the ideal way to lift themselves from the wooden spoon position, Feds couldn’t have started better.

Earning a short corner in just the fifth minute, Parr successfully tapped in the opening goal of the afternoon as the hosts asserted their dominance over Ziggies, with later shots again to Parr and then Annabelle Tierney unlucky not to extend the home side’s advantage to three goals.

Still, it didn’t deter them.

And, come the 24th minute, Parr nailed her second after Zig Zag goalkeeper Bree Rigby deflected an Annie Pakinga strike, enabling Parr to tap in the addition and shoot Feds out to a 2-0 lead, one they held at halftime.

Handed arocket at the break, Zig Zag duly lifted and blitzed the opening 15 minutes of the second period.

They were rewarded with quick fire goals, too, the first to Katie Wilkins – Feds stopper Steph Hinds appeared to lose the ball in the air before it hit the back of the goal – and the second to Danni Lemcki, who earlier hit the left post with a similarly stellar stroke.

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— Nicholas McGrath (@nickmcgrath4) July 4, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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