Park Avenue player Kylee Ash was a rock in defence for her side at Kalka Shades.
Park Avenue player Kylee Ash was a rock in defence for her side at Kalka Shades. Chris Ison ROK240716chockey6

Park Ave come back from the brink

WHAT Park Avenue Brothers A1 women lack in polish, they make up in grit and guts.

Down 2-nil at half-time against Gladstone Sparks courtesy of goals to Rhiannon Baxter and Tatum Armstrong, Park Avenue fought back to claim a draw at the weekend.

With heads drooped and confidence low, it was coach Wendee Lloyd-Jones who took charge to pick them up.

“Our first half we just weren’t connecting as a team and they got two nice goals from us not marking up in defence. They (Sparks) capitalised on that,” Lloyd-Jones said.

Park Avenue player Tyneille Madden in the hockey game between Park Avenue and Sparks at Kalka Shades on Saturday.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
TWO GOAL HERO: Tyneille Madden converts from the corner in Saturday’s draw with Gladstone Sparks. Chris Ison ROK240716chockey1

“We weren’t focused and went away from our basics.

“But the girls banded together at half-time and came out guns blazing. They put it together.”

Tyneille Madden ended the day with a brace, both coming from corners - the first a straight shot home and the second a lay-off.

Lloyd-Jones said Gladstone made them work extremely hard in defence.

“We did defend a lot, particularly in the second half,” she said.

“They are starting to work as a team. Our last pass is missing though, we are having trouble finishing off counter attacking opportunities.”

She saved praise for two-goal hero Madden, 14-year-old Renae Sweeney and defensive rock Kylee Ash.

“Renae has been playing up a division. She is tiny but so strong on the ball and was a stand-out,” she said.

“And Kylee was great in defence. Her marking was solid, clear-outs and tackling all very good. Tyneille obviously did very well with her brace.”

Brothers are still targeting top four but know they must beat Wanderers to stand a chance.