A strongly worded pep talk before the final quarter helped set up a stunning victory for Eastern United in Hockey Southland division one men’s final.
Eastern was down 1-0 leading into the final stanza of the match.
The pep talk turned the game on its head.
Eastern came out of the break fiercely and scored two goals to take the title 2-1 at the Gore Hockey Turf.
Manager Steven Forbes said it was fantastic to see the turnaround from the side.
“We were actually down until the third,” Forbes said.
He said the pep talk at three-quarter time “really kicked it up to the next gear”.
Phoenix scored in the first quarter but could not break through to score again.
“It was a really good goal for Phoenix – it was a beautiful shot.”
Eastern had a strong passing game but failed to find the back of the net in the first three periods.
Eastern’s Scott Rome got his side on the board and Andrew Moore sealed it for his team with a final goal.
“Andrew Moore was strong all day for us.”
Young player Mclean Sharp was impressive and was unlucky not to score for Eastern at the start.
It was those younger players coming through and assisting the experienced players that helped secure the win, he said.
“We’re pretty proud. We’ve been strong all year and had a good base for the last year.
“This year the young guys stepping up from div two have fitted in well.
“We’ve got reasonably good seniors in the team and have been together for a very long time.”