Magpies edge out Flames to win back-to-back premierships
THE all-conquering Magpies put the icing on their stellar Hervey Bay hockey season by beating Fraser Flames 1-0 in the women's grand final to win back-to-back premierships at McFie Park on Saturday.
All the pressure was on the Magpies as they were looking to become the first team in the Hervey Bay competition to go through a season undefeated.
It took them more than 50 minutes to find the winner, thanks to Tracey Moore, who demonstrated great reflexes to find the back of the net with a well-timed deflection.
Magpies captain Carrie Taylor, who delivered the pass, credited her side for grinding out a win in a high-pressure match.
"The girls went into the game with a lot of confidence, but knew the Flames would be tough and that we had to play the best we possibly could," she said.
"They played fantastically and shut us out well with their defence as well as their goalie (Zayla Arthur), who made some great saves.
"(The win) was a huge load off our shoulders.
"From coming back and winning last year and to now win it two years in a row, it's a fantastic accomplishment for this group."
Taylor paid tribute to their ability to maintain their focus and composure after the Flames played well to keep the Magpies scoreless in the first half.
"We've worked hard all season and if we didn't come out on top it would have been disappointing, but at the end of day you can only do what you can do," she said.
"Even though we had plenty of shots in the first half, everyone kept their heads high and kept that intensity up and we were fortunate it went our way."