Ladies dethrone league winners
NEWQUAY Hockey Club ended the season in style as they beat champions Teignmouth 3-2 at Penair School.
This Newquay side were in contention for promotion throughout the season, keeping themselves at the very top end of the table but Teignmouth had managed to seal champion status the weekend before by beating Bath.
Teign were in high spirits, however, Newquay were determined to ensure that their final match of the year was not going to be a walkover.
Having lost 2-1 at Teign earlier in the season, Newquay were back to full strength and were the first to score when a superb route one ball straight down the middle from centre midfielder Lora Millward found striker Linda Webb who, with some tricky footwork and silky skills, twiddled her way around the defence to score a cracking goal.
Newquay were on the front foot and soon took another step ahead with a superbly worked goal down the left hand side of the pitch, played into the circle to Andreya Bennett who drew the goalkeeper and slipped the ball to Zoe Waitz who was waiting unguarded to seal the deal.
Teignmouth managed to score from a quick break just before half time to bring them a bit closer at start the second half. Newquay later extended their lead with a stonking goal, worked down the right and into the circle, slipped by Waitz to Webb who netted to make it 3-1.
Teign came back with another goal in this high-paced game to close the gap to 3-2.
Newquay don't like to finish a game without putting their supporters and themselves under some undue pressure, so they gave Teignmouth the opportunity to level the game with a penalty corner.
A Newquay player was sent off for dissent but the hosts managed to fend off this final attack to beat the league champions and end the 2016/17 season in a respectable third place.
Many thanks go to Newquay’s loyal supporters; The Bowgie Inn, Domino's Pizza and Walkabout for their continued support throughout the year.
The Walkabout Player of the Match was Linda Webb.