City lack hunger despite Victory

City’s Paul WoodfordARMIDALE City thrashed Hockey New England’s number one team Guyra 8-1 on Sunday.
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City dominated from the outset and Guyra were unable to match their intensity.

By half-time the score was 5-0 and the game was all but over for Guyra.

City coach Blair Chalmers said it was a team effort and a result of being more aggressive in attack.

“The team played really well as a unit, and Guyra were just unable to match our pace,”he said.

“We focused on playing one-touch hockey to create opportunities that we could convert into goals.”

Sunday’s game saw a number of key players return to City and contribute to the landslide victory.

Alexander Frost took to the field for the first time this year and was one of the team’s biggest assets.

“Alex scored the first goal and helped set the pace for the rest of the game,” Chalmers said.

Despite City’s convincing victory, Chalmers said that the final score did not reflect the overall standing in the competition.

“Our A-grade side is currently in a rebuilding phase and we have a lot of young players coming through,” he said.

“Guyra is definitely the stronger team, they were just down a few key players.”

City have dominated the New England hockey competition. winning the last five premierships, but Chalmers has talked down his side’s chances this year.

“We are looking to take out our sixth title, but we do not seem to be as hungry as we have been in the past,” Chalmers said.

“Guyra have finished second to us a few times in the past, but they look really motivated to win this year.”

With only four teams in the New England competition, Chalmers said his side cannot lose focus when facing the same teams so regularly.

“I think we know that if we play to our potential on any day, we won’t get beaten, but we must overcome complacency,” Chalmers said.

City will play Ex-Services-UNE next weekend.

Ex-Services-UNE are sitting in last place on the ladder and are yet to win a game this season.

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