Sterling effort in girls hockey
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S Rachael Nichol finds herself in top company after being named in the inaugural Queensland under-13 representative hockey side announced at Rigby Park yesterday.
Nichol's effort was a tribute to her performances throughout the week at the Under-13 Girls State Championship, her selection coming despite the gutsy Glad- stone side finishing with just one victory.
The Queensland side, the first state under-13 girls side to be named, will compete against the other Australian states at an invi- tational tournament in Ipswich in September.
Also earning recognition for her efforts yesterday was Nich- ol's team-mate Kirsty Rach who was named in an eight-strong de- velopment squad for players who showed the potential to be future representative stars.
Rach, who usually plays in the centres, figured strongly for Glad- stone 1 despite being shifted to the unfamiliar fullback position in a bid to bolster the team's defence.
Townsville 1 took out the championship with a 2-0 victory over Cairns 1 in yesterday's decider, courtesy of goals to Rachael Boles and Holly Savage, the latter later being named as player of the series and Queensland captain.
Rockhampton 1 goal-scoring machine Alicija Munro took out the best player award in division two while Townsville 1 player Ta- mara Lloyd-Jones won the divi- sion one best player honours.
Munro's Rockhampton 1 side missed their chance to step up to division one competition after losing yesterday's division two fi- nal to Atherton 1.
Gladstone 1 finished 14th of the 16 teams in the division while the young Gladstone 2 combination was 11th of 12 in their competition.