DISAPPOINTING ENDING: Tahnee Jenkinson scored a goal for Meteors in the Central Queensland Hockey League grand final, which the team lost to Wanderers in a shoot-out.
DISAPPOINTING ENDING: Tahnee Jenkinson scored a goal for Meteors in the Central Queensland Hockey League grand final, which the team lost to Wanderers in a shoot-out. Jake Jones

Meteors rue missed opportunities in final

TAHNEE Jenkinson can handle the disappointment of losing the Central Queensland Hockey League grand final; it is the manner which her Meteors team lost which will haunt the fullback for a long time to come.

Playing against Rockhampton team Wanderers, Meteors were ahead for much of the second half before a late goal levelled the scores at 2-2.

Instead of going to extra time, the competition rules send tied matches straight to a shoot-out format with five players from each team facing the opposition goalkeeper one on one.

Jenkinson sees it as the luck of the draw result.

"Shoot-outs are a terrible way to win or lose," she said.

"We would like drop-offs or extra time, it just doesn't show who the better team was."

The 24-year-old is not bitter though, because Meteors knew the format going into the match.

She felt that a draw was also a just result and representation of how the match was played in regulation time.

Down 1-0 in the first half, Jenkinson slotted home a short corner in the second to level the scores before Meteors gained the advantage mid-way through the half.

The fullback admitted it was better than she expected after the first goal went in.

She said Meteors will need to leave the disappointment behind for the next few weeks to play in the local grand final, but draw on the feeling of loss as motivation come next Extended League season.

"Credit to Wanderers, they were better at doing that one on one play than us," she said.

"I don't think they were better than us though.

"We will leave that behind and start fresh again now."

Wanderers scored all five one on ones to win the match, while Meteors scored three of their chances.

Wanderers also won the men's grand final, beating fellow Rockhampton team Souths 4-2.



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