There was no local competition last weekend due to Veteran Championships and Senior Country Championships.
Shaun Findlow and Marty Gillies were the only Benalla Hockey Club representatives in the Veterans. They played hard and contributed greatly to the Goulburn Valley Men’s team which played in the Veterans Country Week this weekend.
The first game was against Bendigo. Losing 3-1, it was a hard game taking on the winners from last year. It was always going to be a challenge as the Goulburn Valley men had never played before as a team. The second game was against Albury/Wodonga 2. The final score was 1 all. Third game of the weekend was against Ballarat with the final score being 2 all. Last game before finals was against Albury/Wodonga 1, with Goulburn Valley going down 5-0.
Evan Dowe joined the GVHA men’s team and played consistently throughout the tournament at the half position. Although one of the younger players, he was a good support to the GVHA’s defensive line up and enjoyed the challenge of playing in the senior grade.
Overall results for GVHA’s Division 1 side were:
Men’s Division 1: 6th at 2W, 3L.
Women’s A1: 4th at 0W, 3L.
Men’s Masters: 4th at 0W, 2D, 2L.
Both the Veterans and Men’s team played in finals on Monday, June 11.
Next weekend’s games:
Under-10s — Saturday, June 16 vs Strikers Red in Shepparton at 9am.
Under-16s — have a bye.
B Women — Friday, June 15 vs Mooroopna in Shepparton at 8pm.
B Men — Friday, June 15 vs Mooroopna in Shepparton at 6.30pm.
Veterans team played in the finals on Monday, June 11 at 10am against Albury/Wodonga. Final score Albury/Wodonga 3:Veterans 0. The GVHA Veterans finished fourth on the ladder.
GVHA Mens team 2 final games on Monday, June 11. The first game was at 10am against Sunraysia. Final score was GVHA 7: Sunraysia 2. Evan Dowe scored one of GVHA’s goals. They then played for third place against Geelong with only one on the GVHA bench. GVHA 1: Geelong 3. Geelong scored their last goal on a short corner just after the full-time siren. The GVHA Mens team finished fourth on the ladder.