Eliza Armitage (left) of Gladstone draws in the defence of Cairns 2 player Alex Wallace
Eliza Armitage (left) of Gladstone draws in the defence of Cairns 2 player Alex Wallace

Wet and unlucky hockey players battle on



GLADSTONE hockey teams battled without luck in the wet on the first day of the Queensland Under-13 Girls State Championship at Rigby Park yesterday.

While officials were thrilled that play could go ahead yesterday despite constant rain, Gladstone's fortune did not extend to onfield performances.

The Gladstone 1 side lost both their matches by just one goal while Gladstone 2, who had a late game under lights yesterday evening, dropped their early game 20 to Rockhampton 1.

Hayley Barnett of the Gladstone 1 side was in a hungry mood yesterday, scoring all three of her side's goals in their 3-2 loss to Cairns 1 and 2-1 loss to Cairns 2.

Championships technical director Judy Aitkenhead said she was amazed at the skill levels displayed by players in many of the teams in action yesterday, especially in the testing conditions.

She hoped for the weather to clear last night in order that the championship would not be further affected.

"We've had an awful lot of rain but I've been surprised by how good a condition the fields are in and how well they're holding up,'' Aitkenhead said.

"Our visitors have been marvellous about it all and are happy for the championship to continue.

"So far, the players are able to hold their feet and the ball is still moving freely although the speed of it has reduced ... but gee, some of these 13-year-olds can hit a ball.''

Two matches scheduled for yesterday's play were moved to tomorrow's 4pm slot reserved for such a need due to fading light.

Weather permitting, play will resume today at 8am. More results from yesterday's play in tomorrow's Observer.



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