Big prize eludes top veterans in hockey

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

UNFORTUNATELY the grand prize eluded Gladstone trio Norma Smith, Cheryl Heard and Robyn Black at last week's National Women's Veteran Hockey Championships in Melbourne.

Smith and Heard were part of the Queensland over-55 team who finished third, while Black's over-50s side finished fifth.

The Maroons over-55s ended their round-robin in third spot on the table and went into their semi-final against hosts Victoria as underdogs.

That didn't stop Queensland putting in their best showing of the carnival and only a late penalty goal gave Victoria a 3-2 win.

It proved a great result, as the Victorians went on to win the title.

Smith, the Maroons vice- captain, was disappointed they didn't qualify for the final, but proud of their performance over the carnival.

'We played so well against the Victorians in the semi and were unlucky to lose,' Smith said.

'It was a shame we didn't make the final, but all the girls played well and third wasn't a bad effort.'

From a personal point of view, Smith was pleased with her own performance and said Heard made a contribution in attack.

'I was happy to play well, while Cheryl did her job when she played,' she said.

Meanwhile, Black was one of the shining lights in an over- 50 team who battled to assert their dominance.

Queensland ended the event in fifth position, their division also won by host Victoria.



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