We are the champions of the State: Rocky lads outclass Rum City
By RACHAEL BORICH
ROCKHAMPTON'S Matt Gohdes had the ball on a string to help lead his team to the Queensland under-15 boys' hockey state title at Rockhampton's Kalka Shades yesterday.
The host team controlled the majority of play to produce a 3-1 win over Bundaberg in the grand final.
Gohdes was named vice-captain of the Queensland team, to contest the nationals in Brisbane during September, where he will be joined by Rockhampton teammates Jared Truscott, Ashley Hennegan and goalkeeper Tom Rendell-Woodley.
Rockhampton's Baden Plummer was named a shadow player.
Gohdes, showing glimpses of his cousin Jamie Dwyer's hockey ability, continually weaved through defenders and also made the defensive stops himself.
It was a Gohdes move which produced the opening goal when his shot on goal was deflected in by Corbin Ashton to give Rockhampton a 1-0 lead after 10 minutes and about two minutes later Gohdes drove the ball high into the box to set up a 2-0 lead.
Bundaberg struck back after half-time to take the score to 2-1 before ? with 10 minutes remaining ? Gohdes produced the title-winning goal after working around about five opponents and drove the ball into the goal box.
Rockhampton coach Neil Shearer said his team simply played to their game plan by shutting down Bundaberg's dangerous right centre half and centre right players.