Semi Final 1
Queensland Blades 4 defeated Azuma Vikings 3
Goals: Blades - Jamie Dwyer 3m PC, Dean Butler 17m PC, Nathan Eglington 49m FG, Troy Elder 70m FG; Vikings - Luke Doerner 5m PC 58m PC, Glenn Simpson 64m FG
Semi Final 2
NSW Waratahs 4 defeated SmokeFree WA Thundersticks 3
Goals: Waratahs - Taeke Taekema 8m PC 12m PC, Eli Matheson 46m FG, James Mulcair 52m PC; Thundersticks - Murray McIntyre 4m FG, Tobita Nao 35m PC, Guy Bolton 62m PC
MIA Tassie Tigers 4 defeated Vodafone Territory Stingers 3
Goals: Tigers - Marcus Richardson 28m FG, Phil Marshall 37m PC, Matthew Wells 61m FG, Oliver Close 63m; Stingers - Colin Hennessy 30m FG 69m PC, Ian McGregor 66m FG
Adelaide Hotshots 4 defeated Canberra Labor Club Lakers 1
Goals: Hotshots - Dale Stephen 40m FG, Craig Victory 43m FG 54m FG, Grant Schubert 51m PS, Lakers - ACT - Ben Taylor 49m FG
Defending champion, the Queensland Blades, will play the NSW Waratahs in the final of the men’s Australian Hockey League title at the State Hockey Centre in
The Blades defeated the Azuma Vikings 4-3 in a thrilling semi final, giving them the opportunity to play for a third consecutive title. It will be the eighth appearance in the final for the Blades since the inception of AHL in 1991 and their fourth consecutive final since 2002.
Meanwhile, the Waratahs will play their first final since 2001 against the SmokeFree WA Thundersticks. NSW has reached the finals four times, however the two teams have not met each other in a final before.
Despite the Blades midfield and forwards dominating most of their match, the Vikings were able to keep troubling them thanks to Luke Doerner’s renowned penalty corner conversions.
A late goal for the Vikings tied the scores with six minutes remaining on the clock. With only 20 seconds to go, the Blades were able to capitalise after a shot on goal by the Vikings rebounded, and captain Troy Elder scored the winning shot to take the Blades to the final much to the delight of the home crowd.
In the other semi final, a tight contest ensued between the Waratahs and Thundersticks, with each team scoring goal for goal. In the second half, the Waratahs started to dominate, and two field goals allowed them to take the lead. The Thundersticks almost had the opportunity to push the match to extra time when they scored as the siren sounded, however it was disallowed by the technical director. The Thundersticks will now meet the Vikings in the third place playoff.
Earlier in the day, the MIA Tassie Tigers defeated the Vodafone Territory Stingers and will now play the Adelaide Hotshots, who were victorious over the Canberra Labor Club Lakers.
The Stingers and Lakers will meet in the seventh place playoff in the first match tomorrow.
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