'Polar bears' the best
IT might have been cold in Lithgow but the Pottsville Beach Public School girls' hockey team were running hot.
In fact they were so hot, they scorched the opposition in the chilly conditions to come out as the NSW PSSA State hockey champions.
The girls, whose ages range from 10 to 12, have only been playing together as a team for about a year under the guidance of coach Greg Goode.
It has been a long campaign in the knockout competition, which started off with a game against Kingscliff.
Since then, the girls have gone on to down all before them in the Tweed, and then claimed the scalp of Grafton 3-2 for the North Coast champions' title.
They followed that by going on to defeat North West champions Tamworth South 4-0 to advance to the finals.
With temperatures only reaching 7C, one of the biggest challenges facing the coach and the hardy team was trying to keep warm.
However, the temperature didn't bother the girls, who defeated Meani Public 7-0 in the semi and than Gerrigong 2-0 in the grand final.
Led admirably by captain Keely Murray and vice captain Brooke Hawkey, who both play for Casuarina on the Tweed, the girls returned to a warm heroes' welcome at the school yesterday.
“We're all really happy about the win, we've been training for the last three terms so a lot of effort went into it,” Keely said.
“The grand-final against Gerringong was the hardest game we've ever played. But we dug deep and were able to win 2-0.
“Chelsea Read and Brooke Hawkey both scored a goal each.” she said.
“It was freezing in Lithgow. The team wore our white doonas outside to keep warm so our parents nicknamed us 'polar bears'.”