Victories see Tornados stake claim

Neale Emslie

GELVAN Tornados made it a weekend to remember for their club when they registered two important victories in the EP women’s premier hockey league.

After kicking off with a 3-1 win against Old Collegians A on Saturday, the Tornados went one better yesterday with a notable 3-0 triumph against defending champions Mecer NMMU Madibaz.

The result will be a big lift for their title ambitions, although it is still early in the race.

Their senior men’s team made sure there were more reasons to celebrate when they defeated Old Grey 4-2 on Friday and Rhodes 5-1 yesterday.

The Old Grey match was a furiously fought affair and Gelvan Hurricanes only had a slender 2-1 lead with six minutes remaining.

Then the game burst into life with a flurry of goals in the final stages.

First, Lyall Meyer slammed one in from the top of the circle, although the legality of the goal was strenuously contested by the Old Grey side.

The umpires had a consultation, the outcome of which was that the goal stood and the Hurricanes had a handy 3-1 cushion with time beginning to run out.

But Old Grey have proved a resilient team this season and they kept their chances alive with a deflection by Rich Coombs to make it 3-2 with four minutes remaining.

However, as the Old Grey defenders pushed forward to seek the equaliser, Gelvan latched on to the ball from inside their own half and Winchester Scott was on hand for the final tap in to secure the victory.

The NMMU Madibaz men’s team were in ruthless form against Lakeside Cavaliers, clicking into gear in the second half to bury their opponents with an avalanche of seven goals.

Lakeside Cavaliers were up for a fight and trailed only 1-0 at half-time, through a goal by Jason Bigara, but once the Madibaz scored three goals in eight minutes in the second half, the result was never in doubt.

Lakeside Cavaliers, though, showed good attitude to hit back with a 4-3 win over Gelvan Units yesterday.

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