CSU out to end streak

Benson Williams

Benson Williams

CSU’s defence of the Wagga men’s premiership hangs in the balance this Saturday.

The reigning premiers are trying to avoid their fourth straight defeat against injury-plagued Lake Albert.

The Jacob Barnsley-coached team has not lost four games in a row since making the grand final in the previous three seasons.

A string of four losses hasn’t happened since 2013 when the club only won four games on the way to taking the wooden spoon.

Lake Albert on the other hand, is also trying to return to the winners list after succumbing to Royals last weekend.

The task will be difficult without Benson Williams, who is unavailable, but veterans Paul Oakman and Craig Knowles will provide Lake some depth. 

Knowles has just been selected as part of the Hockey NSW men’s masters number two side at the National Championships to be played Hobart in September.

In the other Round 14 game, the two clubs who have enjoyed a mid-season revival, Royals and Harlequins play one another.

Harlequins had won the first two encounters between the two teams this season, but Royals scored a handsome four-goal win last time the two sides last met to take a 6-2 victory.

Royals, who will be without Connor Higgins, will need to overcome the all three Watson boys.

Craig and captain Brendan scoring the goals last week over CSU.

If Harlequins managed to get the win, they will move above Royals and off the bottom of the ladder.

In the women’s competition, the lone match at Jubilee Park sees Royals Blue play CSU.

With both teams having lost to Rosellas in recent weeks, plenty is up for grabs.

Despite an honourable defeat to fellow club side Royals White last round without a kitted goal keeper, the Blue team will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record against the struggling university outfit.

CSU will be boosted with the return of key defender Elspeth Beeson and will be looking to regain third position on the ladder from Rosellas with a win.​ 

Rosellas and Royals White both have a bye. 

In other hockey news, Wagga will host the 68th Annual Packham Cup Carnival on August 13.

There has already been interest from Albury-Wodonga, Griffith, Young, Cowra and the Sapphire Coast.