Both coaches happy with Under-13s performance
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
BOTH Gladstone coaches were thrilled with their sides' performances as the Under-13 Girls State Championship hockey carnival drew to a close at Rigby Park yesterday.
Both Gladstone 1 mentor Stewart Rach and his Gladstone 2 counterpart Angela Jeynes said their charges had improved immensely as the week progressed.
'I'm more than happy with their effort,' Rach said.
'They pushed themselves hard all week.
'The standard of hockey (at the carnival) was extremely high and we only won the one game ... but there were four games we lost by just one goal. ' Rach said the one victory gained had been an important one with Thursday's 3-0 win over Gold Coast 1 enabling the side to remain in the top division.
He said his team had displayed pride in battling on with injuries, particularly goakeeper Katie Pittendreigh who hobbled on a sore ankle most of the week but still produced an outstanding display.
Rach also praised the efforts of Queensland representative Ra chael Nichol and his daughter Kirsty who was chosen in a state development squad.
"Rachael, in every single game, played exceptionally well,'' he said.
'Some of the girls, as the week went on, lived up to their potential and went on to play better and better and do what we expect of them.'
He listed Brittney Jenkinson, Georgia Badyk and Hayley Barnett as among those who improved as the carnival progressed and gave credit to a strong performance up front by Claire Heathwood.
Gladstone 2 coach Jeynes was loathe to single girls out for mention although she was thrilled that Erinn Ball posted her first-ever hat-trick of goals in yesterday's 4-0 win over the Gulf development side.
'It was good to finish on a high note,' Jeynes said. 'Every single one of the players improved throughout the week.'
Jeynes said the majority of her young side would qualify for the same age group next year.
'Most of them will be back next year and they'll know what to expect,' she said.