Under-12 boys taste national win

THEY may only be 12, but these undefeated champs have had the sweet taste of national victory.

The Under 12 boys National Hockey Championship was held in August at Newcastle.

Rockhampton boys Douglas Buckley and Jackson Willie were proud to wear their Queensland colours for the first time.

The Round Robin tournament was played out with Queensland securing the title in a nail-biting final of nil-all against born rivals NSW.

Coach George Goodsell said the local boys played wonderfully in their midfield position.

“The last game was very tight, but we defeated at nil-all - we only had to draw to win.”

Goodsell said they hadn't claimed the Under 12s title in more than five years.

“This was pretty exciting for the boys as it was the first time they wore the maroon colours,” he said.

“So just to win the championship was a big bonus for them in their last year in primary school.”

But the boys weren't the only ones to step up to the plate.

The Under 12 girls fell just short coming second, with NSW claiming the title.

Coach of the Under 12 girls, Viki Sparks, said that although the girls were pleased with their efforts, they couldn't help feeling a little disappointed.

“They were a bit disappointed, but they played really hard and right to our plan, so for that they are pleased,” she said.

She said after they had reflected on the game they saw where they went wrong.

Sparks also said that although the girls were still quite young, some did think about a future in hockey.

“We spoke about how players like Niki Hudson played in Under 12 carnivals and now she has played for Australia.”



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