Thrilling end to hockey season
ONE of the most successful winter seasons of Gympie hockey came to a thrilling close as the Gympie Hockey Association conducted its grand final games at the weekend.
The grand finals started Friday afternoon with an epic battle in the youth male final between Hot Shots and Thundersticks.
Hot Shots claimed grand final glory but not before being stretched by Thundersticks when the final was extended by three lots of extra time and drop offs.
It was the kind of game that set the tone for the rest of the weekend as the crowd gathered in the stands was left on the edge of its seat anticipating a result.
Gympie Hockey Association publicity officer Desli Adams said the action continued later Friday night when the successful women's competition staged its grand final.
The final was contested by Tim Bothams Plumbing and Goldfields Full Life Pharmacy, with Tim Bothams coming out the victors due to a standout goal from Tanya Bothams.
“The women's competition was once again organised by dedicated Gympie hockey stalwart Amanda Millard, and was a huge success this year,” Adams said.
The hockey fields fell silent following this match, but it was not long before the action fired up again Saturday morning with the junior finals.
A tribute to the talent of the selectors would have been the closeness in all three grand finals, decided by the barest of margins.
In Under 9, Hot Shots defeated Thundersticks 4-3 after relying on extra time to break the deadlock.
Under 11 was another close affair when Blades defeated Panthers 2-1.
A mere goal was again the deciding factor in the Under 13 final when Hot Shots overcame Thundersticks 1-0 in a low scoring game.
After a day full of finals and cheering from eager families and Gympie hockey supporters, the final act of the season was a barbeque and presentation night.
“It was a fitting finish to a very successful hockey season on Saturday night,” Adams said.
Adams thanked the people of Gympie and the club's sponsors for making the season an undeniable success.
The club's many members and volunteers were also given recognition.
“Club members and volunteers worked hard and donated many hours of their time, supporting the club and making it what it is today,” she said.