The accolades have just kept coming for the Goulburn District Hockey Association, whose boys and girls Under 15s sides both won their respective state championships recently.
The boys were the first to claim the title, as the final took place in late May. The tournament was played in Narellan, from May 24 to May 26.
The first three games played by the Goulburn boys' team resulted in two dominant wins and a draw, 5-1 over Port Macquarie, 10-1 over Manning Valley, and 0-0 against Canberra.
This resulted in their placing at the top of the Pool B table, and set up a semi-final against SEHA.
The semi-final was a much more closely fought game, which Goulburn was lucky to win, 2-1. In a post on the GDHA Facebook page, the association described the game as "tight", and said that Goulburn "started well and controlled the game from the outset",
Goulburn were into the grand final.
Up against Canberra, the match promised to be a cracker as both sides had enjoyed similarly successful pool stages. Both had won three and drawn one match, and a replay of their drawn encounter from Friday had many excited.
However, it was not to be, and Goulburn dominated their encounter from the outset. In what the GDHA called "pure domination", Goulburn ran to a 3-0 lead at half time.
That remained the scoreline for much of the second half, until two late goals pushed the total to five.
Mitch Chalker (with two), Dylan Downey, Ryan Gray, and Jesse Croker were the goal scorers for Goulburn.
The boys' win was followed several weeks later by great success from the girls. Goulburn sent two teams to Wagga to compete in the Under 15s State Championships, one team in Division Two and one in Division Three from June 21 to June 23.
While the Div Three girls struggled and went winless with four losses and a draw, the Div Two girls dominated and won against Newcastle (3-1), North West Sydney (5-0), and NSB (4-0), with a 2-2 draw against Central Coast, in their first two days of the tournament.
This led to a semi-final against Orange on the final morning, which, similar to the boys', was much more closely fought than the pool matches.
In a nailbiting encounter, Goulburn emerged victorious 2-0, which ensured the girls a place in the grand final against Port Macquarie Hastings, who the GDHA described as a "strong and well-drilled side."
It was another even game, but Goulburn managed to come out on top of another 2-0 scoreline, to claim victory in a "fantastic" campaign, the GDHA said.
The strong results are a positive sign for the GDHA, whose players continue to produce strong results across the board.
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