Sunday, July 20, 2008

What is wrong with Melville vs Westside?

Couldn't really come up with a good title there. Anyhow, thought it might be cool to give y'all a look at one of this round's draft reports before it's edited, just to show you what I was on about a couple of posts ago. This should hit the Hockey WA site tomorrow provided I haven't been sued for defamation or anything pleasant like that.

Enjoy hockey fans!



Melville recorded a come from behind 2-1 over Westside Wolves at Melville Turf on Sunday afternoon, in the Wizard Home Loans Cup.

Westside was looking to push into the top four, and Melville was hoping to keep its faint finals chances alive.

Westside grabbed the early initiative though, and looked to play the ball down the right hand side, whereas Melville was content to play on the counter attack. This approach worked well for Melville, who created the better chances early despite the Wolves pressure.

Ten minutes in, Westside’s Russell Ford was able to get a shot in using the reverse stick, to create the first meaningful opportunity of the half.

As Melville made the most of their possession, Westside was unable to capitalise on their possession, despite some promising lead-up play.

Westside almost went ahead with 22 minutes played, with a shot from Justin McDougall going just wide following a short corner.

Melville held on to ensure the status quo at half time, despite a Westside short corner in the last minute of the half making the home fans nervous.

The second half began much as the first finished, with Westside controlling possession, and Melville happy to play on the counter attack. This time though, the Wolves were finally able to capitalise, converting a short corner eight minutes in. The goal was scored by McDougall, who hit the ball low and hard, forcing a deflection off the keeper’s glove into the back of his own net.

The goal spurned Melville into life, which had a goal back just four minutes later after Ben Meacock whacked the ball home after the Westside defence failed to clear the ball from a short corner.

Melville had another goal in no time, with a short corner converted by Dan White, who flicked the ball between the Westside custodian’s legs.

The Wolves went in search of an equaliser, as Melville was forced to play the rest of the half on the back foot.

Westside had a number of opportunities from short corners, but were let down by some poor execution on the trap.

The Wolves task got harder when a yellow card was shown to Adam Bache with five minutes left to go. Despite the setback, the Wolves made the Melville faithful sweat by forming a number of attacks in the final minutes.

Melville’s resolute defence however, was typified by keeper Tristan Clemons, who rushed off his line in the last minute to smother another Wolves attack as they held on for the win.

Westside host UWA next week while Melville face a tough ask against YMCC at home.


That should give you a good example of how to do a pretty detailed match report, and I'm sure it's not perfect either, so you should have some fun poking holes in it.

Till next time.

(Damn I'm getting conceited)

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