OCCASIONALLY in a game like rugby league you will see a team scoring at a point a minute for a period, but it is much rarer for a hockey team to produce such a feat.
For a period early in the first half on Saturday, Souths managed it as they lay the platform for a crushing 21-0 victory over Lithgow Zig Zag in their women's Premier League Hockey match at Bob Roach Field.
As Souths posed for a photo in front of the scoreboard after the match, many of the players must have wondered what exactly had just happened.
"We were up 3-0 after three minutes and were sort of thinking 'What's going on?' The ball movement was excellent and everything was working perfectly," Souths captain Candice Falconer said.
"We wanted to come here and aim at a 4-0 win or thereabouts, and suddenly we were nearly there after three minutes.
"From there everyone was keen to pile on as many as we could, and to have none against us was excellent as well."
Zig Zag were up against it before the match even commenced when a player pulled out late, leaving them with just 10 to take to the field.
That was cut down to nine early on when Lily Pottinger was struck on the kneecap by a ball from Michelle Somers, arguably the hardest hitter on the field. She played no further part in the game.
But Souths weren't in the mood to give sympathy and peppered the goal in a withering opening burst that yielded nine goals in the first 16 minutes.
Emma Siejka, Ash Corby and Ali Stanford were all in rare form close to goal and the ball only left Zig Zag's defensive half only a couple of times up until the break.
At that stage it was 13-0.
In the second half things slowed and to their credit, Zig Zag found ways to scramble out of trouble with regularity.
However, the defensive workload took its toll and the goals began to come again.
By full-time, Stanford had five of them, Siejka four and Corby three.
Somers, Amelia Burke and Tahlia Cranston each bagged doubles, while Nikki Tomlinson, Sarah Watterson and Carly Guihot also made the crowded scoresheet.
It can be difficult for a team to assess the value of a win in such one-sided circumstances, but the precision of Souths' passing and their finishing was undoubtedly impressive.
"Our discipline with the ball was really good, it can be easy to get away with trying to score every time you've got the ball in a game like that, but we didn't fall into that trap," Falconer said.
"Our hunger around the goal was fantastic and we can look at this as a good trial for some of the things we want to execute in the finals in a couple of weeks."
SOUTHS 21 (Ali Stanford 5, Emma Siejka 4, Ash Corby 3, Amelia Burke 2, Michelle Somers 2, Tahlia Cranston 2, Nikki Tomlinson, Sarah Watterson, Carly Guihot) defeated LITHGOW ZIG ZAG 0
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