Shepparton Youth Club was not daunted by the prospect of facing Shepparton Strikers in A-men competition.
The Scorchers were defeated 6-7 on Saturday, but produced an important showing as it tested itself against the best in the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association.
Addison Davis was sensational across the game and drove much of the play, while Matt Irwin finished off on the scoreboard with four goals.
Jack Greig also chimed in with two to create a high-scoring match.
But the Strikers have not lost since round three for good reason and managed to find a win through the determination of Lachlan and Tim Russell, as well as Brad Winzer.
Lachlan Russell, James McBain and Stewart Tyquin each netted two goals, with Declan Nabbs chiming in with the other.
Echuca was more convincing against Mooroopna, with Clayton Thompson, Ashley Phipps and Thomas Morphett ensuring a 6-0 win.
The River Rats’ fifth win of the season came via two goals to Jayden Gulson, with Phipps, Ryan and James Thomson and Juancho MacKenzie also hitting the scoreboard.
Mooroopna’s Kale Kennedy and Kieron Vaivers ensured the game did not go entirely the way of the River Rats.
In women’s A-grade competition, a winner between Echuca and Mooroopna could not be found.
With the match finishing 2-2, Kim Broadhurst and Alicia Cornelius were responsible for netting the Cats’ two goals with Carly Lawton and Sally Higgins putting in the hard yards across the field.
The River Rats were well served by Sally Deed, Keeley Thompson and Beau Starritt, with Courtney Thompson and Tina Kerr scoring.
SYC kept Shepparton Strikers winless thanks to a 9-6 victory.
Goals came from everywhere for the Scorchers, with Jade Downie topping the pile with three while teammate Yvette Williams sent two strikes into the back of the net.
But the Strikers produced an impressive display thanks to Olivia Forbes, with Val Beis and Melissa Crosby scoring two goals apiece.