While St Pat's may have lost to Lithgow Storm, an impressive last three quarter performance has coach Richard Sharp feeling pleased after Saturday's men's Premier League Hockey match.
St Pat's went down to Storm 4-2 in Lithgow, conceding three goals within the first quarter, however, a change up in formation saw St Pat's recover to produce a much more positive last three quarters.
Sharp admits the damage was done in the first quarter, but was pleased with how the team responded in the last three quarters in only lose by two goals.
"We conceded three in the first quarter which did a bit of damage," he said.
"We started pretty slow, which isn't the best but I was pretty happy the boys after that. We won the last three quarters 2-1, so we came back a little bit and controlled things a bit better.
"I thought outside the first quarter, it was pretty even. We created plenty of plenty of opportunities which we probably didn't capitalise on but they didn't too. It was a pretty hard fought game.
"We also struggled with the turf. It's a really good playing surface which we're not quite use to. We came to terms with it after a while and the last three quarters were a lot better.
St Pat's remains in second place after the result, with Storm improving its goal difference to +13 and its point tally to eight after just two weeks.
Sharp said the result wasn't the worst, considering the circumstances.
"They suffered a bit of an injury to one of their better players in the second quarter, so that set them back a little bit," he said.
"It was a good result for us, with us still coming to terms with the new playing style I'm trying to incorporate.
"I just want to deepen up the midfield a bit more. We sort of started with a back four structure and against Parkes, I went to a back three with two defensive midfielders. On Saturday, after the first quarter, I went to that too, so it works a bit for us.
"I'm pretty pleased with how they're going with it. We still had Fletcher Norris out too. He's a big inclusion when he gets back from the under 18s nationals."
In the other result of the round, Orange Wanderers recovered from a massive 11-0 defeat to Lithgow Storm in the opening round to down Parkes 4-3.
After two weeks Storm leads in the way in first, followed by St Pat's, Wanderers and Parkes in second, third and fourth respectively.
LITHGOW STORM 4 (Nic Milne 2, Brandon Horner 2) defeated ST PAT'S 2 (Jaden Ekert, Tyler Willott)
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