Coast men’s hockey teams finish fifth, sixth at state event
A COMBINED Fraser Coast hockey team has impressed the Queensland selectors at the men's under-18 championships.
At the competition last week the Fraser Coast 1 team finished fifth in the state in division one while the Fraser Coast 2 team came sixth in division two.
Coaches Paul Tucker and Phil Taylor had nothing but praise for both sides.
"We had a game plan each time we went out onto the field and the boys executed it with great effect," FC 1 coach Taylor said.
"We annihilated teams and were ruthless, but we just weren't able to do it consistently enough in a couple of the tight games."
Tucker said the teams were competitive in every game.
"The Queensland selectors and officials spoke very highly of our great brand, style and structure," he said.
"The skill level was very high, our composure was very pleasing as there was no remonstrating with officials - our strength on the ball and physicality was also noticed."
Tucker said the side represented the Coast well on the state stage.
"Our unselfish, 'fight hard, never give up' attitude was just a pleasure to see and a coach's dream," he said.
Coast player James Easton was also named Player of the Championships.
He was deemed to be the best individual player of the 200 athletes competing at the championships.
The new venture in combining the Hervey Bay and Maryborough Hockey Associations for the tournament was deemed a success.