United in hockey
INTER-CLUB hockey rivalry will be put aside as a group of young Maryborough schoolboys combine to try to be crowned the best in the state this weekend.
St Mary's College will contest the finals of the NAB Schools Cup in Townsville.
The Cup is a state-wide secondary schools competition open to girls and boys only teams in the 13 to 19 years age group from all Queensland School Sport affiliated schools.
The St Mary's line-up, which is coached by Dennis Kettle and has Maryborough District Hockey Association women's A1 premiership winner Wallaroos representative Melissa Wareing as manager, has won all five games it's played to reach the grand finale for the year.
St Mary's progressed through the Fraser Coast stage of the competition after beating Hervey Bay's Xavier College and Heritage City rivals, Aldridge State High School.
They moved a stage closer to the finals after winning the regional showdown against Buderim's Matthew Flinders Anglican College.
Winning the zone title was the next assignment for St Mary's to tackle and they passed that test by beating Gladstone State High School and North Rockhampton State High School.
It was Australian and Queensland representative Josh Mynott who ensured St Mary's won the right to play in the finals after he scored the all-important goal that beat North Rockhampton State High School.
The game, which was played in Rockhampton, had finished 3-all at full-time before it went to drop-offs.
Nothing could separate the teams until they had just five players left on the field when Mynott scored the winner.
St Mary's will take on Ipswich's St Edmund's College, Townsville's Ignatius Park College and Cairns' Trinity Bay High School in the finals.
Wareing said her 14-strong team, which included 12 players who have represented Maryborough in hockey this year, was looking forward to the challenge that awaits it in Townsville.
“They (the players) have got this far because they have a lot of talent and they back each other,” Wareing said.
“Sure, they play against each other in club hockey, but when they play for school it's all for one and one for all – they really combine so well.
“You would think that they have been playing together all the time.
“To get this far is amazing because with life being so busy and with school work the boys had not trained together before this week.
“They will have had just one session together - that shows how talented they are.”