Lake Albert’s premiership hopes took a nose dive when the reigning premiers gave them an eight-goal flogging.
In was billed as a table-topping clash, Harlequins destroyed any chance Lake Albert had in a demolition job that included a season ending injury to Lake’s Rhys McManus, who was hit by a ball from a Harlequins player that broke his arm.
With the removal of McManus, Harlequins reigned supreme across the ground with Riley Makeham and Bradley Watson in full control.
Mitch White chipped with a hat-trick of goals as stand-in Lake goalkeeper Michael Redmond found the going tough.
A late consolation goal to Ben Baker couldn’t deny Harlequins’ dominance, which was further enhanced in a huge victory that all but secured the minor premiership for the green team.
Meanwhile, Royals regained second place after beating CSU/Rivcoll in their 5-1 win over the winless university side.
With a decent showing last week, there was optimism for CSU to break their losing streak.
Royals were having none of that as Pat O’Donnell’s chargers laid some solid ground work with Tim Banks and Callum Clayton working hard for Royals.
CSU hit back with a Thomas Belling goal from a penalty corner to reduce Royals’ lead to two goals at half time.
However, Royals’ fourth goal to beat goalkeeper Cam Tokley sunk any chance of a CSU revival, who were on the back foot for the remainder of the game despite a brave effort from Nick Fahey.
In the Division One women’s competition, top team Royals added more misery to CSU/Rivcoll’s wretched season with a seven-goal victory on Saturday.
After losing star player Emma Lynch to injury early on, CSU played out a tremendous first half and only conceded one goal to the unbeaten Royals with Bernie Howard and Millie Worldon pleading the charge.
It all fell to pieces in the second half for CSU as Royals racked up six goals in an awesome display.
CSU goalkeeper Rachel Hindi battled away to little avail as Royals Jackie Macathur and Vic Schiller found their mark in attack with Clara Dobbie and Maree Beresford also having a good game in the mid-field.
In the final game, it was all one-way traffic as LAC United easily accounted for the Rosellas in a commanding 5-0 win to record their seventh win of the season.
With LAC United’s Jesse Thompson and Jess Swaysland causing havoc in the circle with five goals between them, they were well supported by Caitlin O’Loughlin from the mid-field.
Rosellas tried hard but without Carla or Sophie Bailey, were unable to stem the constant attacks as Kerrie Coggan and Tania Maddison put up a brave fight in the losing battle.
Division One Men
HARLEQUINS 9 (M.White 3, C.Skillen 2, Brendan Watson 2, Bradley Watson, J.White) defeated LAKE ALBERT 1 (B.Baker)
ROYALS 5 (P.O’Donnell 3, J.Boyd, N.Bamford) defeated CSU/RIVCOLL 1 (T.Belling)
Division One Women
LAC UNITED 5 (J.Thompson 3, J.Swaysland 2) defeated ROSELLAS 0
ROYALS 7 (J.Macarthur 3, V.Schiller 2, C.Dobbie, N.Rees) defeated CSU/RIVCOLL 0