Arrows Athletics Sam Bell and Cities Emily Robinson vie for the ball.
Arrows Athletics Sam Bell and Cities Emily Robinson vie for the ball. Paul Donaldson

Cities cement hockey dominance

CITIES Hockey Club has cemented its place at the top of the Bundaberg Hockey Association competition after a triumphant grand final weekend.

Both the A-grade men's and women's teams claimed premierships on Saturday to the delight of a loyal crowd of Cities' fans.

Reigning premiers Cities women claimed their fourth premiership in as many years equalling the competition record set by Rovers between 2000 and 2003.

Cities men notched up their second consecutive premiership in a 3-2 defeat of Rovers adding to a premiership enjoyed in the Premier League competition earlier in the season.

Women's coach Robert Quaite said the 3-1 defeat of Arrows Athletics signalled a golden era for the club and was a just reward for long-term campaigners.

“These girls stuck by the club when it wasn't performing and it's been through a lot of hard work and dedication that we've achieved the success we are now enjoying,” he said.

“It's a great achievement for us and it's something the girls should be very proud of.”

Cities went into the second half with a 1-0 lead after a bustling 25-metre burst from Caitlin Clark 10 minutes into the game.

A staunch backline led by fullback Helen Dorran dashed a series of equalising attempts and made Arrows Athletics earn every yard.

Two goals in the dying minutes of the game to sweeper and corner specialist Karen McGuire put the final nails into the coffin for Arrows Athletics.

Quaite said the challenge was now on for his team to earn five consecutive premierships.

“Next year's a whole other ball game, but it's safe to say we'll be doing our best,” he said.

“If we can retain our players and keep up the same level of hockey we'll be in with a good shot.”



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