PASS: Cody Sherlock plays for All Blacks in the grand final at Hinkler Park.
PASS: Cody Sherlock plays for All Blacks in the grand final at Hinkler Park. Paul Donaldson BUN090917HOC14

All Blacks surge back to the top

HOCKEY: The All Blacks drought in Bundaberg Hockey is over after they defeated Cities in the grand final on Saturday.

A dominant second half against the two-time defending premiers in Cities handed the All Blacks its first title since 2012.

The All Blacks scored four goals in the final 35 minutes of the decider to turn a 1-0 lead into a 5-0 rout.

It was the first win for All Blacks over Cities this year.

"We knew we had the scoreline in us all season, but didn't do it at all during the season," All Blacks president Des Barritt said.

"We put it together in the grand final."

Barritt said having the full squad back also helped.

"We've had different blokes out but everyone was fit.

"Our fitness has been good all year and it paid off right at the end as we overran Cities."

Barritt said the side did well in other areas as well.

"Our ball control and speed from the young blokes was fantastic," he said.

"We used this to our advantage."

All Blacks player Trent Peardon was named man of the match.

"He had a solid game but it could have honestly gone to another three to four players on the night," Barritt said.

"Nathan McGill had another great game and Dale Veivers was good as well."

The loss for Cities ended its two-year domination of the competition after winning the title in 2015 and 2016.

The side will be hoping to bounce back next year.



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