Gladstone boys beat South Brisbane for QLD hockey title
HOCKEY: THE Gladstone Titans lived up to its nickname by defeating Brisbane South 6-3 to take out the Hockey QLD State Invitational Championships.
The under-13 boys team of Ryley Bobart, Will Mathison, Hayden Pease, Matt Reichardt, Dylan Rose, Nicolaas Smith and Ryley Stevens all starred in the indoor tournament that was held in Rockhampton.
The visitors finished first in their pool ahead of rivals Brisbane South, Maryborough, Ipswich and Rockhampton and Brisbane Yellow.
Ryley Bobart was the youngest in the team at just 11 and he scored two goals in the grand final.
"It's the first time I played and I did very well and it really helped me with the skills from playing outside," he said.
"It has been a real highlight and making the Gladstone team has been great."
Gladstone only lost the one match against Brisbane Yellow and Ryley said it was the most difficult game.
"The second game against Brissy Yellow was the hardest and we lost 5-4 but should've really won it," he said.
He began playing hockey as a seven-year-old and explains why.
"My dad gave me a choice and I chose hockey because it's fun and dangerous at the same time," Ryley said.
The indoor format of the hockey competition consisted of six players per team plus a reserve. Coach Jordyn Wilson said it was an outstanding achievement from the youngsters who were pitted against sides where they have a bigger pool of players to choose from.
"Our strikers were all the youngest and scored most of our goals," Wilson said.
"We were 6-0 up at half time and the players thought they had it pretty much stitched up and perhaps relaxed a little in the second half where Brisbane played well.
"We can only beat whatever opposition we are up against."
Matt and Ryley Stevens had strong campaigns and were rewarded with selection in the QLD under-13 boys team which will compete at the Nationals in Wollongong early next year.
RYLEY BOBART FACTS:
- Youngest member in the all-conquering Gladstone team at just 11.
- Hope to make QLD teams and make career out of hockey.
- My role model is Jamie Dwyer because what makes it best is that he still plays.
- Scored two goals in the grand final.