KELSO managed to hold off a resurgent St Pat’s outfit at Bob Roach Field on Saturday to win 5-4 and claim the Bathurst Women’s Hockey Association first grade spoils.
When Kelso scored in the opening minute of play and shot out to 4-0 lead, it looked as if the 2015 runners-up would cruise to victory.
Grace Schumacher scored twice while Shannon Cassidy and Bec Bosianek also found the mark.
But the Saints were not about to concede.
By half-time Pat’s had pulled it back to 4-2 and as the players in blue and white began the second half with renewed vigour, momentum swung.
With a double from Ella Menzies, plus goals from Kristy Ekert and Samantha Tibbles, Pat’s drew level at 4-all.
It made for a tense final 10 minutes, but a Cassidy deflection put Kelso ahead once more and they were able to hold on.
Kelso coach Maureen Markwick was delighted with her players, but paid tribute to all who were involved.
“There was nothing in it, it was a great game to watch and well umpired by Libby Milligan and Kate Brown. There were a lot of spectators there from both sides to watch as well,” she said.
“We were up 4-2 at half-time, we scored probably in the first minute and just went ahead after that.
“Then they came out of the dug out 10 times the team we did – I was commenting that we shouldn’t have had half-time.
“They ran over the top of us for awhile and got it back to 4-all, but then we scored with seven minutes to go and were able to hold that lead.”