Hockey Grand Finals a nail-biter
It was a tense finish to the men's grand finals at the Gympie Hockey fields on Friday, with a stand-off between W&H Autos and Koolewong Par 3 ending up in a nail-biting penalty shootout.
The teams were more than a match for each other with the scores level at 2-2, neither willing to budge as the clock ran down.
Three drop-offs yielded no outright winner, with the game forced into penalties.
Despite a valiant effort from Koolewong, W&H Autos emerged victorious with a penalty result of 3-1.
Gympie hockey president Tony Mills, who played for Koolewong, was highly impressed at the skill and sportsmanship shown on the field.
"It was one of the longest, tightest finals I've ever seen played here,” he says.
"Everybody who came to play was in good spirits, and it really made for a terrific game.”
Mills singled out W&H players Jared Parke and Darren Browne as two stand-outs from the competition.
"The standard of sportsmanship on display was fantastic- it's not something I think you often see with other sports,” he says.
Mills went on to say the overall quality of the hockey this year has improved immeasurably.
The same atmosphere surrounded the women's grand final, with another close game seeing Dodt's Floorcoverings eke out a 3-2 victory against Property Management Plus.
The younger team from Property Management were expected to take out the game, but were met by a resurgent Dodt's who dug deep and came out on top.
"It's another example of the great support the ladies give one another,” Mills said, praising the efforts of both Rosie Friske and Rebecca I'Anson in the game.
Elsewhere, the Cooloola Heat Women's division took on Nambour for the preliminary final at Buderim.
The team have made strides in their time together, only marking their second year in the Sunshine Coast competition.
It wasn't enough to seal a win however, with the Heat narrowly defeated 2-1.