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Tuggeranong Vikings beat St Patrick's to win Hockey ACT CL1 grand final

16 September 2017 1:55 PM
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When Samantha Economos stepped up for the shoot out she had a plan, but she also had nerves. Nerves that come when a grand final on the line.

But she needn't have worried as she calmly slotted it through the goalkeeper's legs.

It capped a remarkable comeback from the Tuggeranong Vikings, who fought back from 2-0 down at half-time to score the equaliser in the final minute before then again coming from behind in the shootout to pip St Patrick's in the Hockey ACT grand final at the National Hockey Centre on Saturday.

Two first-half goals gave St Patrick's the upper hand, but then Ash Deacon halved the margin with her second-half effort.

Time appeared to be running out for the Vikings until they won a penalty corner off the back of a penalty circle scramble with just two minutes remaining.

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That penalty corner turned into another scramble as both teams' seasons were on the line, until Economos put the ball in the back of the net to send the game into a shoot out.

Stef Kindon gave St Patrick's the early upper hand as she converted, but then Sophie Gaughan and Ellie Toole converted for Tuggeranong to put all the pressure on Emily Woods' final shot.

She was up to the task and it went to a sudden-death shootout after each team had their initial quota of five.

Vikings goalkeeper Talei Forrest made the crucial save before Economos sealed the win.

"To be honest I was pretty nervous, I didn't really know - I always have a plan in place, but I never know if it's going to work out," Economos said.

"Laura's a really, really good keeper so I knew she was going to be on her toes and she's very agile so I had to try and get around her, but at the end of it I slapped it and hoped for the best."

St Patricks coach Darren Williams said it was especially tough to lose, given they were about 46 seconds away from winning the premiership in regulation time.

"We probably should've closed out the game, being 2-nil up at half-time, but to Vikings' credit they came out hard in the second half and put a lot of pressure on us," he said.

"In the last five minutes we probably weren't smart enough. It's disappointing, but that's sport. A shootout's never a good way to win or lose a game."

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