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Crookwell was represented by 27 players entering two teams in the over 35s division and over 50s division at the Women’s Masters (Veterans) half state hockey championships held in Parkes.
The over 35s first game on Friday was against Newcastle and we won this game 6-0. Goal scorers were Mandi Smith 2, Nicole Evans 2, Nic Bensley 1 and Julia Chadburn 1. Best and fairest for the match was awarded to Julia Chadburn.
In their second game the girls met Metro South West and again proved to be too good winning this game 2-0. Goal scorers were Julia Chadburn 1 and Kathy Firth 1 best and fairest was awarded to Kristie Skelly.
Their first game on Saturday had seen the frost disappear but the cool breeze was still hanging around. In this game they met Southern Highlands and yet again another win to the girls 2-0. Goal scorers were Mandy Kemp and Clare Hoskins. Best and fairest was awarded to Kathy Firth.
The second game on Saturday they played the hosts, Parkes. Parkes were the team to beat and they take the game very seriously. There was some heated moments in this game with a few players put on the bench for “chill out” time. Crookwell were in trouble with two goals down but they found the depth needed and fought back gallantly to win 3-2. Goal scorers were Nicole Cummins, Kathy Firth and Nicole Evans and Nicole Cummins picked up the best and fairest award.
On Sunday the over 35s had two more round games to go and a big possibility to play in the grand final.
In their first game they played Sydney East and won this game 1-0, securing a spot in the grand final. Scorer was Clare Hoskins and best and fairest was awarded to Kristy Bennets.
Last round game was against Orange and knowing they had already made the grand final this didn’t stop their momentum and proved they were the team to beat. They defeated Orange 2-0. Goal scorers were Nicole Evans and Nic Bensley and Nicole Evans snagged the best and fairest award.
In the grand final their opponents were Parkes, who they had met earlier in the tournament and proved to be a tough team to play. The girls took to the field with nerves of steel to display an exciting game of hockey. All too soon the hooter went ending the game with a result of a nil all draw; at end of play the umpires declared the teams as ‘joint’ premiers, but to the delight of the Crookwell girls it was announced they were the winners due to top position on the ladder and being undefeated throughout the tournament.
The 35s team; (Back) Kristy Knight, Kristy Bennets, Kristie Skelly, Julia Cahdburn, Nic Bensley, Nicole Evans, mandy kemp, Kathy Firth, Nicole Cummins. (Front) Clare Hoskins, Mandi Smith, Katie laing, Tania Meier-Tatana, Kylie Hourn.