MADE GRADE: Gladstone Souths ' Deb Creighton, Kylie Blackmore, Joelene Smith, Caroline Pease, Carol Jones, Sue Rayner, Deb Dawes and Robyn Black are in Queensland Masters Teams.
MADE GRADE: Gladstone Souths ' Deb Creighton, Kylie Blackmore, Joelene Smith, Caroline Pease, Carol Jones, Sue Rayner, Deb Dawes and Robyn Black are in Queensland Masters Teams. Matt Taylor GLA140618HOCK

Gladstone women's hockey players amongst state's best

HOCKEY: Gladstone women's masters teams and players excelled themselves at the recent Hockey Queensland Women's Masters State Championships in Townsville.

The Gladstone 1 women's team narrowly missed winning the division two final in a hard match against the much-fancied Townsville 1 team.

Gladstone 2 women's team coach Judy Aitkenhead was impressed with the overall standard of the local players.

"The number one team went extremely well and played a great structured game,” she said.

"To lose to Townsville 1 in the final showed what a great effort the women put in to get to the final and almost win it.”

The Gladstone 1 team was coached by Gary Porteous, who is currently in Barcelona, Spain, with coaching commitments of the 45s Australian men's team.

The championships had 45teams playing in six divisions of quality hockey.

Aitkenhead said to have this many quality players selected at this level was a testimony to the standard of Gladstone hockey.

"The standard of the number one team and ability of the number two team to keep going despite them losing a player was a great effort,” she said.

"The Gladstone number two team just kept on going and never gave up.”

The Gladstone women's representative teams had 11 players selected for Queensland or shadow (standby) positions:

  • Women's Masters over-40 - Tarryn Job, Jolene Smith and shadow Lisa Grady and Carolyn Pease.
  • Women's Masters over-45 - Caroline Jones.
  • Women's Masters over-50 - Sue Rayner and shadow Debra Dawes.
  • Women's Masters over-55 Number 1 - Terri Read.
  • Women's Masters over-55 Number 2 - Deborah Creighton.
  • Women's Masters over-60 - Shadow, Robyn Black.
  • Women's Masters over-65 - Shadow, Robyn Black.