The new state champions Ipswich do a lap of honour around the Gympie hockey field.
The new state champions Ipswich do a lap of honour around the Gympie hockey field. Craig Warhurst

Ipswich wins state champs

IPSWICH'S number one side is the new under-13 girls' state champions.

The green team held on to a one-nil lead to edge out Tweed Border 1 in a very exciting final at Ramsey Park yesterday afternoon.

The difference in the game was Ipswich mid-fielder Jade Emblem.

The talented centre-half scored Ipswich's only goal from a penalty corner and her rock solid defence and ball control held out the Tweed attack.

Emblem was rewarded for her game by being named the player of the final by Queensland selectors.

She also won the award for player of the carnival and was selected in the Queensland side as captain.

Selectors said she was one of the best under-13 players they had seen.

In the division 2 final Tweed Border 2 beat Bundaberg and move into Division 1 next year.

The final was the best game of the carnival going into three lots of extra time and strokes before a winner was decided.

Bundaberg centre half Rebecca Griener was awarded for her good play by winning the award for player of Division 2.

Gympie finished third in Division 2 after winning their cross over match against Brisbane 4.

Coach Cristelle Jones said she was happy with the way her team played.

They only lost two games all carnival.

Gympie's second side finished 14th in their pool.

The result was a good one considering most of the girls are either inexperienced or very young.

Coach Rod Riley was very happy with the attitude and behaviour of his team.

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