Tweed hockey players edged out in state finals
TWEED Border Hockey players were among the tournament standouts but they were unable to save the South Coast Sharks in the finals of the Queensland Super League hockey tournament.
The Sharks, comprising Tweed Border and Gold Coast players, suffered a double dose of heartbreak with both the men’s and women’s sides beaten by their Brisbane rivals in their respective finals on Sunday.
The Sharks led for most of the men’s final following an early goal to Oliver Crane but Brisbane Fury scored three goals in the final five minutes to snatch a 3-1 win at the State Hockey Centre in Brisbane.
Despite the loss, Tweed Border product Blake Wotherspoon was named Player of the Final and his South Coast teammate Corey Weyer was named the Player of the Tournament.
The Sharks also fell short in the women’s final, edged out 4-3 by Brisbane Blitz.
Brisbane scored in the first minute of the game and maintained their dominance to lead 3-1 at half-time.
But with Tweed players Tara Fitzpatrick and Emily Hetherington prominent, the Sharks fought back to draw level but with less than 10 minutes on the clock the home side found the winner.
The Super League featured six regional representative teams. The three-day finals tournament served as a selection trial for Queensland’s teams to contest the Australian Hockey League.