Finals family affair for All Blacks club
FAMILY was the word in All Blacks' domination of the Bundaberg Hockey Association grand finals.
The club contested eight of the 10 deciders and won seven of them with many families heavily involved.
The biggest family representation came in All Blacks' Division 2 men's 2-1 victory against Cities where there were four players by the surname of Barritt - brothers Tony and Des and two of their nephews Craig and Jason.
Tony's daughter Kirsty fea-tured in their Division 2 women's triumph with the same scoreline, also against Cities, and in under-17 girls where they edged out Arrows/Athletics 4-3.
His son William led from the front as captain in their under-14 boys' 3-nil result against Cities and backed up in a 2-nil despatch of Arrows in under-17 boys.
All Blacks' other premierships were achieved with a 3-2 win against Rovers in Division 1 women, and 3-nil under-14 girls' shut-out of Arrows.
In Division 2, second-half goals to two more club stalwarts, Michael Raines and Peter Leather, were enough for their two men to overcome a 1-nil half-time deficit, while Tracey McGill was the women's hero, breaking the deadlock and clinching the winner in the 58th minute.
In under-17, Leather's son Jamie scored both their boys' goals, and Britt Cramer sealed the girls' title when she also completed a double in the 58th minute.
Nathan McGill featured with a double in under-14 boys, but Joel Latham went one better with a hat-trick as Cities snared their sole out-right title, downing Rovers 5-nil in under-12 boys.
A superb performance by keeper Amanda Vicenzotti also ensured Cities a shared premiership after a nil-all draw with Arrows in under-12 girls, even after extra-time.