THE Gympie veterans women’s hockey side had only one goal scored against them at the State Championships, but it was enough to lose them the Queensland title.
The Gympie team braved near-freezing conditions to play flawless hockey during its pool games in Warwick over the long weekend.
The vets defeated Toowoomba, 3-0, Ipswich 4-0, Gladstone 6-0 and Moranbah 1-0.
The undefeated run saw them head straight to the division five final against Redlands.
Redlands also dominated its pool, winning all the games, conceding only one goal.
Gympie coach Dave Dixon said he expected the final between Gympie and Redlands to be a close game and said the Gympie side were unlucky to lose on the day.
Redlands dominated the first half of the final pinning Gympie in their own half and adding pressure with a steady stream of penalty corners.
The strong Gympie defence repelled all but one corner.
A lucky Redlands deflection after the first shot saw the ball end up in the top of the net.
The Gympie girls went into the half time break one goal down, but still confident of winning the game.
Dixon’s half time speech saw the Gympie girls come out firing and dominate in the second half.
Strong right side play saw the Gympie girls mount numerous raids on the Redlands goal, with numerous shots just missing the target.
Dixon said he was proud of the way the girls played during the weekend.
“Everyone put in 100 per cent, I couldn’t be happier with them,” Dixon said.
“Sometimes you just come up against a better team on the day.”
The Gympie girls thanked all their sponsors for the amazing support they received while contesting the titles.
They said the donation of jackets from Gympie Oil, Gas and Batteries and knitted beanies by Del Mackay kept them warm in the freezing conditions.
The girls played one game at 8am on frost covered fields.
The frost combined with howling winds meant the jackets and beanies were the most important part of their hockey kit for the championships.