The Tasmanian Under 15 Girls team has claimed an impressive 3-0 victory over Queensland Maroon on the opening day of the Outdoor Hockey Championships in Narellan, NSW.
Goals to Maddison Brooks in the 9th minute, a tommahawk to Emma O’Grady in the 21st minute, and a Zayna Jackson penalty corner drag flick in the 30th minute gave them the perfect start to the week-long tournament.
Coach Sofie McLeod said it was a solid all-round team performance, applying great pressure to Queensland and taking their chances in front of goal when presented, with the defence shutting down the opposition forwards.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better start to the tournament – to beat one of the top teams on the first day. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from the Girls,” McLeod said.
Tomorrow they will play two games, against NSW State and WA Black, in a gruelling day that will test the players, but Captain Taylor Brooks says her side is up for the challenge.
“We’re all set for a big day tomorrow. We won’t go in too confident, we respect NSW State as a team but I believe our team can beat them if we have the right mindset and keep confidence in each other,” she said.
The Tasmanian Under 15 Boys suffered an opening day defeat, losing 0-8 to New South Wales State in 33 degree heat.
“The first half we were right in the game, however we had a few niggling injuries and the heat took a toll on the team,” said Coach Nathan Dart.
Despite the tough first-up loss the team is remaining up-beat for the tournament, with Captain George Oliver saying today’s final scoreline didn’t reflect how the team played.
“I think we’ll do alright tomorrow. We have one game in the morning and one in the evening so we might avoid most of the heat. Everyone’s a bit tired and a bit dehydrated, but we should be right to go for tomorrow.”