Lindsay Mathison, 16, Rhiannon Baxter, 14, and Morgan Mathison, 14, have returned from Adelaide the champions of the Under 16 Schoolgirls Australian Hockey Championships. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
Lindsay Mathison, 16, Rhiannon Baxter, 14, and Morgan Mathison, 14, have returned from Adelaide the champions of the Under 16 Schoolgirls Australian Hockey Championships. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

Mathison girls impress hockey selectors

FOR Lindsay Mathison, 16, Morgan Mathison, 14, and Rhiannon Baxter, 14, New South Wales has always been the enemy.

An ever growing nemesis of the hockey players, countless times when the three Gladstone hockey players have represented Queensland, NSW has come back from round match defeat to defeat Queensland in the final.

Locked at nil-all in Adelaide recently, the two teams fought an epic battle for the Australian Schoolgirls under-16 title.

For a moment, the two Mathisons and Baxter thought they had been bested again, only to get ahead 1-0 and hold on to claim the gold medal.

"The first time we played them was 7-0, it was really cool," Baxter said.

"In the final it was nil-all mid-way through the second half. It was good to know we finally won."

After a few years of ending tournaments disappointed, the Gladstone trio were ecstatic to win.

There was also a feeling of relief between them, having taken down the enemy.

"It was not so much a surprise as a relief," Morgan Mathison said.

The younger of the Mathison girls relished the feeling on the field.

She worked through some nerves to help Queensland over the line. "It was very scary, the second half was very unstructured."

The mayhem ended a near-perfect tournament for Queensland, only a draw against Victoria preventing start to finish wins.

The result was caused by a lapse in concentration from Queensland, but is not playing on the minds of the Gladstone Sparks and Meteors players as they celebrate gold.

"We beat South Australia 5-0, we had a bit of a mishap against Victoria and they got two goals in the last two minutes," Morgan Mathison said.

"We won 10-0 over ACT, 8-2 against Western Australia and beat Tasmania 3-0."

Baxter and Morgan Mathison have hopes of winning the title again in years to come, while Lindsay Mathison will be too old next year and will move on to higher age groups.

Lindsay Mathison has made the Australian Schoolgirls under-16 team with her younger sister picking up a shadow position. See Friday's Observer for where they will play.



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