After three unsuccessful grand final contests, Goulburn Geckos have finally grasped the silverware.
The successful day started for Goulburn with a penalty shootout win for the Goulburn Jewels (young Geckos) under 18 women's team over Uni Juniors/Central after the game was locked at three goals each at full time. Coach Garth Jones said after the game he was really proud of the team and their great effort throughout the year. “It was fantastic for them to win and a great game to watch,”he said.
"We had a very large contingent of spectators come across to watch the game and cheer us on too and we appreciate their support.”
Goulburn supporter numbers were swelled even more by the time the men's capital league game started at 5.30pm. At least a couple of hundred Goulburn supporters were at the National Hockey Centre to watch the Goulburn Geckos, as they so proudly call themselves, take on the well disciplined Old Canberrans. This was a spectacular game with end to end no quarter given contesting of the ball.
It was incredibly fast paced throughout. A penalty shot against Goulburn with 27 minutes still to play in the first half looked to give Old Canberrans the first goal but keeper Jason Brayshaw knocked it away. Four minutes later a corner against Goulburn resulted in Lewis Shepherd giving Old Canberrans a one nil lead.
Goulburn's first goal came from a pass from Ben Staines to Brad Smith who found the gap in the tight Old Canberran defence and put it away. With four minuites left in the half, Glenn Turner scored after a penalty corner and another shot had been denied by the Old Canberran keeper in a tightly contested skirmish. Goulburn took the lead to the half time break. After much end to end combat, with both teams hungry for possession, Old Canberrans equalised with 17 minutes left.
Daniel Fleming scored for Goulburn, then with with five minutes left Jake Humphries found the gap, bringing the score to 4:2. A minute later Old Canberrans scored, then right on full time locked it at four all. After the five each shoot out there was no winner. It took four sudden death shots from each side before Jake Staines broke the deadlock.