The St Mary’s College boys’ hockey team.
The St Mary’s College boys’ hockey team.

St Mary's hockey team performs

ST MARY’S College may have been one of the smallest schools in action in a state-wide hockey tournament, but it has proved it’s capable of producing a huge performance.

The school’s boys’ team, which is coached by Dennis Kettle and had Maryborough District Hockey Association women’s A1 premiership winner Wallaroos representative Melissa Wareing as manager, has finished second in the finals of the NAB Schools Cup in Townsville.

An impressive effort when you consider St Mary’s was playing against schools, including Townsville’s Ignatius Park College which has 800 boys on the books, in the finals.

St Mary’s, the Fraser Coast regional and zone champions in the annual competition, won two of its three round robin games to qualify for the final against Trinity Bay State High School from Cairns.

On the route to the grand finale, St Mary’s beat St Edmund’s College from Ipswich and Trinity Bay State High School before Ignatius Park College beat the Maryborough school 3-2 in the other game.

In the final, Andrew Eaves, who plays his club hockey for Brothers in the Maryborough District Hockey Association men’s A1 competition, gave his team a dream start.

He scored in the third minute, a lead St Mary’s held for 22 minutes before Trinity Bay equalised.

Eaves’ goal turned out to be the only joy of the clash for St Mary’s as Trinity Bay scored again in the 53rd minute and again in the 64th minute to seal a 3-1 win.

Wareing said her talented young line-up had done the school and the region proud.

“They played with so much heart and passion – they played for each other and it was so great to see,” Wareing said.

“To finish second was fantastic result when you consider the calibre of schools we were playing against in Townsville.

“Trinity Bay is a school of hockey excellence and it has a program devoted to hockey – we had only 16 boys to pick from.

“That shows just how well our players performed and especially when you also consider they had just one training session together before we headed north.”

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