Day Three: GB Super League

Hat-tricks from David Flanagan and Phil Roper helped Pennine Pumas go top of the Men’s Great Britain Super League table with an emphatic 12-0 victory over the Celtic Panthers at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Previously second in the table behind Saxon Tigers following the first weekend of action, the Pumas are top thanks to a superior goal difference as, while they won by 12 goals, the Tigers could only win 6-1 against the Caledonian Cougars.

As well as Flanagan and Roper’s hat-trick heroics, other goals for the Pumas came from Andy Bull, Sam Ward, Phil Dutoy, Chris Griffiths, Nick Giles and Martin Ebbage.

Saxon Tigers opened the day’s play with a good 6-1 win over the Caledonian Cougars.

Chris Newman got them off the mark with an early goal from open play after just two minutes, and on 14 minutes Nick Bandurak and then Dan Shingles added further with open play goals to make it 3-0 to the Tigers.

Jonny Kinder added another five minutes before the break to put Tigers 4-0 ahead at half time, and Tom Carson bagged a fifth on 46 minutes.

Newman scored a second goal on 66 minutes, and although Alan Forsyth pulled one back for the Cougars on 68 minutes, it was little more than a consolation.

In the Women’s Great Britain Super League, Pennine Pumas made hard work of winning their third and final group game, and could only scrape a 1-0 victory over Celtic Panthers who are bottom of the table without a win or a goal.

The Pumas had to rely on Jo Hunter’s 19th minute field goal to ensure they secured their third consecutive win.

There were more goals in the afternoon’s opening women’s match which Saxon Tigers won 4-1 over Caledonian Cougars.

Emily Atkinson and Sophie Bray gave the Tigers a two-nil lead with goals on 11 and 16 minutes, but Fiona Bruce scored from a penalty stroke a minute before the break to give her side some hope.

Buy Bray went on to complete her hat-trick with goals on 58 and 69 minutes to secure their spot in the final against the Pumas.

The final day of 2012 GB Super League action begins at 10am with the men’s bronze medal match between the Celtic Panthers and Caledonian Cougars, and is followed at 12-15pm by the men’s final between the Pennine Pumas and Saxon Tigers.

Then the women’s league reaches its climax with the bronze medal match between Caledonian Cougars and Celtic Panthers at 2.30pm and the final at 4.45pm between Pennine Pumas and Saxon Tigers.