Hunter hockey hero Teyjah Abell has scored bronze in Hobart, defeating Victoria 5-nil in the third-place match to make sure NSW’s dual squads placed in two of the top three spots.
Abell represented the state with the NSW State team, while many women also contested the 2019 Under 18 Women’s Outdoor Championships. The NSW Blue team scored silver after a 3-2 defeat against the Queensland champions.
The Hunter’s young hockey star had a strong campaign, netting a goal and making a maxiumum seven appearances for the State team across the multi-day tournament.
The State squad began their campaign with a single win on the opening day. The cross-pool match saw Abell produce her lone goal for the competition, slotting a penalty corner home in the 11th minute.
State when on to score a massive 12-1 victory over the Northern Territory in their opening Pool B match. They added to it soon after with a 4-nil win over South Australia.
The team then tumbled to their first pool loss in a narrow defeat against Victoria. The southern squad edged State 1-nil with a single goal scored by Gracie Geddis in the 38th minute. State bounced back with a 4-nil win over ACT to secure their finals berth.
Abell’s side then slipped in their semifinal matchup against eventual winners Queensland. The NSW representatives tumbled into the bronze medal clash off a one-sided 4-nil contest. Then, finally, NSW scored their 5-0 revenge win over Victoria to claim bronze.
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Hunter youngster Grace Baxter also recently represented New South Wales. Baxter linked up with the Blue squad at the Under 15 Women’s Outdoor Championships in Narellan, and returned home with fifth place under her belt.
Baxter also chalked up seven appearances at the tournament, and notched a single game in those near-half dozen games. NSW Blue finished 3-2 in their pool, before defeating Queensland Gold 2-nil in the 5th/6th playoff match.
The NDWHA Premier League returns on Saturday, April 27, after the competition took a weekend off for the Easter long weekend.