The WA men’s U21 team has taken a bronze medal at the 2018
Australian Championships in Sydney following a 3-1 win over the ACT.
Western Australia qualified for the finals after topping
Pool B win two wins and a draw.
In the semi-finals, WA ran into a white-hot Victorian outfit
and suffered a 5-1 defeat but bounced back impressively in the third place
playoff to ensure a podium place.
Victory was secured through a dominant second half after the
opening 30 minutes had provided a stalemate.
Liam Flynn set WA on course with a field goal in the opening
minute of the third term, which was consolidated by a penalty corner strike
from Marshall Puzey just three minutes later.
Holding a two-goal cushion entering the final term, WA all
but guaranteed bronze with a 48th minute field goal to Joshua Bowen.
With time ebbing away, ACT did manage a late consolation but
WA held firm to record a deserved 3-1 victory.
The squad contained several WAIS hockey program athletes
with Flynn joined in the WA U21 team by captain Matthew Fisher, along with Alec
Rasmussen and Brayden King.
Meanwhile, in the women’s U21 Australian Championship which
was also held in Sydney, Western Australia has finished in seventh place after
winning their final classification match against Tasmania 7-2.
The campaign had begun brightly for WA who won two matches
enroute to finishing second in Pool B. However, a cross-over defeat to Victoria
followed by a classification defeat at the hands of NSW Blue on penalties,
meant that Western Australia was relegated to the 7th/8th place playoff.
Ciara Faichney scored a brace in the five goal win over the
Apple Islanders, whilst Shanea Tonkin, Sarah Byrnes, Claudia Nielsen, Bree
Johnson and Renee Rockliff all added singles.
WAIS hockey program athletes Tonkin, Rockliff, Aleisha
Power, Sara Foster, Annie Gibbs, Sienna Archer, Jolie Sertorio and Phillipa
Morgan all represented WA at the Championships.