Capricornia takes title
FAVOURITES Capricornia lived up to their top billing taking out the 2012 Under-19 Queensland Schoolboys' Titles at Ramsey Park on Sunday.
Capricornia took home the title after defeating South Coast 5-2 in the final.
Home side Wide Bay finished third after getting knocked out by Capricornia in the semi-final on Saturday night.
In a close match it was all tied up at 1-all until the final minute when Capricornia scored the winning goal from a penalty corner.
Wide Bay had started strongly taking a 1-0 lead early in the first half.
Capricornia fought back to level the score before half-time and then dominated Wide Bay in the second half.
Good defence came from Joey Collins, Blake Latham and goalkeeper Patrick Barnes to keep the Capricornia side at bay.
But a goal after the whistle ended Wide Bay's 2011 title defence.
At the closing ceremony on Sunday, Wide Bay manager and James Nash State High School physical education teacher Peter Chatman announced his retirement from schoolboys' hockey.
Chatman had been involved with schoolboys' hockey for 32 years and was one of the driving forces behind its inception.
Chatman donated his first Queensland jacket as a perpetual trophy to the winning state titles' coach.
Sunday he presented it to Capricornia coach Aaron Harmsworth.
Chatman said it had taken a lot of hard work to coach a winning side at the state titles and his jacket would be a legacy to winning coaches.
In other news, six Wide Bay players were selected in the state side.
Gympie's Drew Wenzel, Joey Collins and Patrick Barnes were picked in the U19 side to tour New Zealand.
Jye Weller was also selected as an umpire on the tour.
Gympie Hockey Association president Ian Wenzel said the carnival ran like clockwork.
"It was very successful," Wenzel said.
"We had the full range of weather and a lot of favourable comments from visitors about the facilities, Gympie and the championship in general.
"They said it was great to have a championship at a regional centre away form the big cities."