University women's hockey team takes down opposition

HOCKEY: The University of the Sunshine Coast's women's hockey team emerged as a surprise victor at the Northern University Games at Toowoomba.

The team almost withdrew from the competition prior to the Games due to a lack of numbers but pushed ahead and rallied extra team mates.

The skill and camaraderie of the players saw them win six of their eight round fixtures to finish on top of the table and well placed for a gold medal showdown against Queensland University of Technology.

USC Sport's Gary Moore said the side won the final convincingly 4-2 to claim the pennant.

"The success of the side shocked us all, especially as they'd had such limited preparation time as a team," he said.

"There's not one particular player who stood out. It was a true team effort and it was brilliant to be a part of it."

Team captain Savannah White, who plays for Flinders in the Sunshine Coast Hockey Association, said she was particularly proud of her team's efforts.

"We only had 10 players for the first two days of the tournament and then we played two games with some USC futsal players filling in," she said. "One of them played as our goalie."

The team has now qualified for the Australian University Games to be held on the Gold Coast later this year.


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