Rachael Nicol of Gladstone 1 takes the ball up field against Trudi Pedersen of Maryborough 1 at Rigby Park yesterday.
Rachael Nicol of Gladstone 1 takes the ball up field against Trudi Pedersen of Maryborough 1 at Rigby Park yesterday.

Mixed results for local hockey girls

By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THERE were mixed fortunes for the Gladstone 1 team at the Under-13 Girls State Hockey Championships yesterday.

The first game of the day saw the Gladstone outfit gallant against Maryborough, a side they were never expected to beat.

While the score board read 4-0 in favour of the Maryborough outfit at the end of the game, the outcome didn't accurately indicate the flow of the match.

Coach Stewart Rach said despite being up against a challenge in the early stages the team never gave up.

'The team showed some great determination,' he said.

'Despite being down three nil they kept trying and only conceded the fourth goal late in the game.'

At one stage the Gladstone outfit sustained a heap of pressure with Maryborough being awarded a host of short corners.

A dubious stick call also gifted Maryborough their second goal. However despite the earlier loss, Gladstone 1 turned the tables in their second match of the day, easily accounting for Gold Coast 3-0.

Rach said the turnaround from the earlier match was a credit to the players, with Stephanie Glenister, Marissa Cross and Rachel Nicol getting the goals for the home side.

Rach mentioned Nichol, Claire Heathwood and Brittney Jenkinson as standouts, but said the game had been won by the whole team.



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