For the first time in a while, Sydney was allocated the late timeslot for their first game. This meant Far North Coast had already played their first match and blown the cobwebs out. This showed in both the statistics and style of play executed by both teams.
Sydney were lucky to go into the half time break tied 2 - 2, with lethargy and lack of cohesion being two standout facets of their game.
The first half was marred by FNC player Chris Clarke sustaining a rib injury that resulted in him spending the afternoon in hospital, thankfully to be cleared of anything more serious than bad bruising to the chest. Many thanks to Sally Ellis for taking Clarky to hospital.
Sydney's second half was disrupted by their captain, Mark Ellis, landing awkwardly in the final 10 minutes of the half and dislocating his elbow. Yet another hospital visit for Mark and a second visit for the day for his wife, Sally. Apologies to Sally Ellis for the fact she only got to see Mark play 10 minutes of hockey during the weekend.
Sydney lifted the tempo in the second half, although they went behind early and had to rely on a superb penalty corner strike from Craig Boorman to level the scores after the final whistle.
Sydney would say they deserved the draw, and showed fighting spirit to the 50th minute. FNC led for a fair portion of the match and could probably count themselves unlucky not to take away all three points.