Adrenaline Too Hot For Goannas

The Adelaide Adrenaline hosted the Brisbane Goannas to kick off Round 3 of the 2012/13 AWIHL season.  With an amazing 18 goals between the two sides, the Adrenaline took the points winning 13-5.  Nina Gaze reports.



The game got off to a speedy start for Adelaide, with Kate Tihema scoring in the first few seconds. Brisbane regrouped and ended up with a goal of their own from team points leader at the time Lisa McMahon.  This was quickly followed by a shot from Sarah Boyce for the Adrenaline.

The first period was a bit slow after the first quick goal, but ended up with two goals to Andrea Steranko for Adelaide, the start of an outstanding evening for her. The period ended at 4-1 in favour of the home side.

The second period was a busy one, it started quickly with a goal to either side, Michelle Clark-Crumpton for Brisbane and Sarah Boyce again for Adelaide. This was followed by an impressive hat trick to Tash Farrier for the Goannas, on form against her old teammates.

Farrier’s three in a row put the scores at 5-all, Boyce pulled Adelaide back in front off a pass from Steranko, who then scored again. This was followed by several players spending some time in the box, Melinda White and Kirsty Venus at 3.56, followed by Brisbane’s Tash Farrier at 3.06.

Adelaide went another goal up after a Beth Kavanagh breakaway in the last couple of minutes and the middle period ended with Tracy Hocutt in the bin at 0.47.

The score going into Period 3 was 8-5 to Adelaide; Steranko made it 9-5 at 14.08. This was followed by a penalty shot to Brisbane due to an Adelaide player covering the puck in the crease. The shot was taken by Clark-Crumpton, but saved by Adelaide goalie Claudia Tom.

Brisbane’s goalie went down around 11 minutes, and again at 9.50, before being pulled late in the game.

The bin was busy again in the final period, first Melissa Bibby for contact with Steranko at 8.39, followed by Steranko ten seconds later for tripping. Farrier was back in there again as well at 7.18.

Adelaide finished up strong with four goals – Meridith Boyce, Steranko again, Diana Glass, and the last shot to Tihema, to put the final score at 13-5.

All up, both teams played well and there were some spectacular saves from both sides. After a close second period which saw both teams scored four times, Adelaide pulled ahead at the end to win it fairly convincingly.

By Nina Gaze

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