Finals dance approaching

It’s heartening to see some of the old wet stuff falling from the sky finally, and with wet stuff falling at night not making the spectators cold and miserable was always a bit of a bonus.

I trotted up to Stocky to cast the old weatherworns over the happenings of the Heritage Round between the canaries and the monochromed ones.

Taiten Harrison for the victorious Tanunda Hockey Club. All photos: Jess Supple

Taiten Harrison for the victorious Tanunda Hockey Club. All photos: Jess Supple

All smiles as Tanunda's Under 18s defeat Nuriootpa - four goals to none.

All smiles as Tanunda's Under 18s defeat Nuriootpa - four goals to none.

The A women served up a bit of a surprise with the canary girls defending well against the swooping piebalds and going down by a respectable margin. The Legs had the bye but are still clear top of the grade with three games to go and no chance of losing that spot.

Matt Liersch and Tyler Burgess tussle for control of the ball on the weekend.

Matt Liersch and Tyler Burgess tussle for control of the ball on the weekend.

The A Men was a fiery affair, as one would expect on such an occasion; the canary boys twittered in victory but certainly didn’t get everything their own way. The Pies drew first blood but the response was very quick.

The points cement the canaries at the top of the table with a game clear over cross-region rivals AMU. Ornithologists around the area are excited for the battles in the next couple of weeks.

Byron Hoffmann exit defence with a powerful flick.

Byron Hoffmann exit defence with a powerful flick.

The B women saw a couple of big scores: My Stripey Mates from Up North had the fortress overrun by the marauding Legs; the piebalds warbled over the canaries; and the Old Collegians couldn’t hold out the parrots. 

These results cement the top four with two games left in the minor round; but there are certainly going to be some tussles for supremacy in the four.

Ruby Lehmann breaks away from the Tanunda pressure.

Ruby Lehmann breaks away from the Tanunda pressure.

To my dismay on a personal level the final four in the B Men comp is now settled. It was a Parrot derby on the Friday; the younger parrots took the points to seal a spot in the four, but the older boys didn’t let them take it easily.

The Legs trekked north and were repelled from The Fortress by My Stripey Mates; the upset of the round was the canaries taking the points from the piebalds in celebration of Hooter’s and up-and-comer Byron’s milestone games.

Tristan Barratt playing for the defeated Nuriootpa out at Stockwell Turf.

Tristan Barratt playing for the defeated Nuriootpa out at Stockwell Turf.

The older canaries couldn’t repeat the coup and the maggies redeemed the honour there. The Old Collegians had the bye; and there could be some tussling for positions in the four now.

The 18’s saw the piebalds take the top perch over the canaries; no position changes here on the ladder.

In the U15’s the canaries drew with the old beady-eyed ones, moving the maggies into striking distance of the top three, so a live grade yet – hoorah!

The U13’s saw a win for Trinity to keep them in top spot on goals over Gawler; the green canaries took a convincing win over the younger piebalds; the old maggies sealed the win over the gold canaries. A very live grade with no spot being sealed.

Come and say a quick ‘hullo’ and slip us a tenner on a couple of results when wandering through the Stocky Shed next weekend.