St Pat's are the women's Premier League Hockey minor premiers

ST PAT’S sealed the women’s Premier League Hockey minor premiership in style on Saturday with a 6-1 win over Lithgow Zig Zag in the penultimate round at Lithgow.

ON TARGET: Kirralee Naylor twice scored from penalty corner plays as St Pat's beat Lithgow Zig Zag 6-1 on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

ON TARGET: Kirralee Naylor twice scored from penalty corner plays as St Pat's beat Lithgow Zig Zag 6-1 on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

The Saints went into the contest holding a six-point buffer over the chasing pack of CYMS, Bathurst City and Lithgow Panthers and after notching up win number nine for the season, they cemented first spot.

With Keely Hunter lining up for Zig Zag the hosts had a genuine match winner in their ranks for Saturday’s match, but she was unable to inspire an upset.

The Saints contained her well before she dropped back to bolster the defence of the Lithgow side.

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The visitors led 4-0 at the break and added another two after in the second half to confirm the result and the minor premiership. Defender Kirralee Naylor enjoyed a brace as she struck twice from penalty corner plays.

“We’re pretty happy,” Saints’ Kristy Ekert said. “One goal ticked off and now we look to the next. I’m very proud of the girls and they all should be very proud of themselves.

“We pretty much controlled the game, but we went to sleep with five minutes to go and that’s when they got that goal.

“But we passed the ball around really well and slowed it down a lot, which is what we wanted to do, to play our game.”

ST PAT’S 6 (Kirralee Naylor 2, Ella Davis, Kirsty Ekert, Mish Somers, Julie Hanman) defeated LITHGOW ZIG ZAG 1