Undefeated NSW face HC in Hockey One semis

NSW Pride have smashed Brisbane Blaze 5-0 to finish the regular Hockey One season undefeated at the top of the table and go into the finals as title favourites.

Undefeated title favourites NSW will face fourth-placed HC Melbourne in the inaugural men's Hockey One finals, while Brisbane have booked a last-four clash with Tassie.

The Pride finished the regular season with six-straight victories to top the table after thrashing the second-placed Blaze 5-0 on Saturday night at the State Hockey Centre in Brisbane.

NSW attacker Lachlan Sharp's fifth-minute goal was all that separated the top two sides but field goals, followed by converted challenge goals from both Ky Willot and Tom Craig in the final 15 minutes, turned the match into a rout.

Brisbane are set for a semi-final with Tassie, who held onto third place and booked their place in the last four with a 4-0 walkover over second-last Perth at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in Hobart.

Hayden Beltz put the Tigers ahead just four minutes in, while Sam McCambridge doubled the advantage four minutes later.

Less than a minute after that, McCambridge all but killed off the game by putting the hosts up 3-0, while Gobinraj Gill's 19th-minute goal ended the Firesticks' season in mediocrity.

Fourth-placed HC Melbourne held on for a thrilling 5-4 home victory over wooden spooners Adelaide to set up a semi-final with runaway leaders NSW Pride.

Nathan Ephraums put Melbourne up only two minutes in, but Japanese international Watenabe Kota scored in the ninth minute and converted off the resulting one-one-one to put the Fire in front at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Cameron Joyce extended the visitors' lead on 15th minutes, but HC hit back with field goals followed by converted challenge goals from Aaron Kleinschmidt in the 34th and Rusell Ford later to retake the lead.

Joyce scored in the 42th minute and bagged his hat-trick 10 minutes later to level the scores at 5-5, but Melbourne's Josh Simmonds struck in third-quarter injury time and the hosts held on in the final period for the win.


AAP