Members of the Gympie girls under-11 representative hockey side are all smiles after taking out Division 2 of the Southern Cross Hockey Carnival. Last year, the side won Division 3.
Members of the Gympie girls under-11 representative hockey side are all smiles after taking out Division 2 of the Southern Cross Hockey Carnival. Last year, the side won Division 3. Contributed

Rep team all class in stylish win

GYMPIE girls’ hockey continues to grow in stature following the extraordinary recent efforts of a local under-11 representative team.

Competing in the Southern Cross Hockey Carnival at the Brisbane Women’s Hockey Centre at Downey Park, Windsor, the girls pieced together a commanding performance to win Division 2.

Gympie Hockey publicity officer Desli Adams was delighted with the result.

“After their amazing efforts last year (at the same carnival), winning Division 3, the girls advanced to Division 2 this year and showed they haven’t lost any of their determination and skill,” she said.

“They played exceptionally well.”

From their five games, the Gympie team slammed in 11 goals without conceding a single one.

A highlight of the team’s performance was that no single player was a standout.

The entire side worked together efficiently and a broad selection of players was responsible for scoring goals.

“Some girls scored their first ever representative goal,” Adams said.

Coach Crystelle Jones was praised by Adams for helping guide the young, talented team.

“(Crystelle) can be congratulated on her coaching skills and effort with this young team of up-and-coming Gympie hockey players, who will no doubt continue to shine in the future,” she said.

Meanwhile, while the Gympie girls under-11 representative team excelled, their male counterparts put in a brave effort of their own.

Playing against difficult opposition in Division 1, the Gympie representative side was unable to win a game.

The side’s best effort was a two-all draw but Gympie Hockey publicity officer Desli Adams said the boys had great reason to be proud.

“Gympie can still be proud of these young boys,” she said. “They boys were in Division 1, playing with a very young side, with some team members still in the under-nine age group.”

The side’s defence gained plenty of praise throughout the carnival. In particularly good form was Gympie keeper Harrison Parker.

Young Parker showed off his quick reflexes to execute some incredible saves, drawing plenty of applause from an appreciative crowd and looks of astonishment from opposing teams.

Adams said another highlight for the team was a one-nil loss to Brisbane.

The Brisbane team comprised of players selected from an original 90 playing for a spot on the team from across the city.

Adams congratulated Cooloola Heat hockey player Dean Walker for his role in coaching the young side.

Gympie Times


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