By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
METEORS' A1 women's hockey team came close to starting the season with a title, suffering an unlucky extra-time loss to Maryborough Brothers in the final of the Cities Carnival in Bundaberg on Sunday.
Finishing unbeaten at the top of their pool, Me- teors met Brothers in the final, with the scores locked at 0-0 after regulation time.
With the golden goal rule enforced, both sides went into a drop-off period reduced to nine play- ers with a further reduction to seven, but still no result was forthcoming.
Ultimately, the game went down to penalty strokes with Meteors losing 2-1 in the best of five format.
Meteors president Shane Brodie was disap- pointed with the final result but pleased overall with the team's effort.
'The ladies lost on a water-based artificial sur-face, but they did themselves proud,'' Brodie said, praising the effort put in by Meteors' defenders.
'Sam Bowers in goal and Sam Barrett in de- fence really played well,'' Brodie said. He added that youngster Jami Long was also impressive at the back.
Meteors also sent two other women's teams to the carnival with the A2 Scorchers and Strikers outfits each finishing with a win, a draw and two losses.
'Lisa Gadsby from Scorchers acquitted herself well,' Brodie said.