Patrick Barnes, Kirk Moore, Joey Collins and Jack Brook defend the goal against Met North.
Patrick Barnes, Kirk Moore, Joey Collins and Jack Brook defend the goal against Met North. Craig Warhurst

Mixed day for the Bay

WIDE Bay co-captain Drew Wenzel had the perfect start to the Under-19 Queensland Schoolboys Hockey Titles at Ramsey Park yesterday.

The striker scored three goals in the team's 3-2 win over Met North.

The Queensland representative said he was happy with a hat-trick to start the carnival.

His first goal came in the 10th minute after Wide Bay had repelled some good attacking raids by Met North.

Wide Bay won a penalty corner and a Wenzel drag flick found the corner of the box.

His second was a neat scoop over a diving Met North goalkeeper to give Wide Bay a 2-0 lead.

After half-time, Met North went on the attack with Ryan O'Flaherty scoring two goals to even the score.

But Wenzel's third goal, a reflex strike as the ball rebounded off the keeper's pads gave Wide Bay the game with just minutes left on the TSR scoreboard.

Unfortunately, Wenzel and Wide Bay weren't able to keep their form going in the second match against Met East yesterday afternoon.

The defending state champions lost 2-0.

Wide Bay manager Peter Chatman said the Wide Bay side fell behind early in the game and couldn't bridge the gap.

He said the team ran the ball too much, couldn't find passes and got eliminated in tackles.

"It was a pretty poor display really," Chatman said.

"Saying that, it is not the end of the world.

"We just need to make the top three to stay in finals contention."

Wide Bay plays an in-form Capricornia in its third match in Pool A this morning at 8am.

Chatman said Wide Bay would have to get a result out of the match and then have a good win over Darling Downs later in the afternoon to progress.

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