Gympie claims victory
IT'S been a successful two weeks for Gympie hockey with two sides coming home with state titles.
The latest is the under-15 boys' side that were undefeated last week in Division 2 of the state championships in Maryborough.
They followed on the great work the week before in Warwick by the under-13 side who were also undefeated in Division 2.
The biggest plus for the Gympie under-15 side was player of carnival Leon Green. The talented teen was identified by Queensland selectors and will head to a week-long training camp in Grafton later in the year.
Green was in top form for the Gympie side scoring 13 goals for the carnival.
He was backed up by Josh Mattin with eight and Kalum Warhurst with six.
The boys started their campaign slowly with a two-all draw with Hervey Bay, but improved in their next match with a 4-2 win over Gladstone.
On the second day they beat Maryborough 2 4-0, and Bundaberg 3-2.
The third day saw them beat Redlands 11-0.
In that game Green scored five goals.
Heading into the crossovers Gympie had to play Gladstone and Maryborough 2 to make the final.
The boys won 4-2 in their game against Gladstone and then beat Maryborough to progress to the final.
In a tense match the Gympie side had trouble scoring and won, just 1-0.
Manager Greg McVicar said the Gympie boys were given a scare by the young Maryborough side.
The win put Gympie into the final against Hervey Bay, the side they drew with on the first day.
In the final, the Gympie side worked their way slowly into the game until Green scored the opening goal.
Four days of solid hockey paid dividends for Gympie as the team gelled and played great passing hockey.
At half-time the Gympie side looked comfortable with the score, 2-0.
The Gympie boys controlled the game well and scored another three goals in the second half to win the final 5-0 and progress to Division 1 next year.
McVicar said the team played extremely well in the final and congratulated all players and parents on a great week of hockey.
Two players Matthew Hurrell and goal-keeper Harrison Parker came home with two state medals after playing for the under-13 side in the first week of the school holidays and the under-15 side in the second week.