DEFENSIVE BLOCK: Bundaberg’s Angela Wightman can’t get past Gympie’s goalie Sherri Kerr during the division three final.
DEFENSIVE BLOCK: Bundaberg’s Angela Wightman can’t get past Gympie’s goalie Sherri Kerr during the division three final. Paul Donaldson BUN240716HOCK5

Time runs out for Bundy in the final

HOCKEY: Despite plenty of chances, Bundaberg has fallen short of winning the division three title at home.

Competing in the Queensland Women's Hockey championships at Hinkler Park, two early goals were enough for Gympie to beat Bundaberg 2-1 and seal a spot in division two for next year.

It was a cruel way to end a brilliant campaign for our leading team.

Unbeaten right until the end the women won their round robin group before defeating Gladstone in the semi's to make the decider.

Unfortunately though a bout of nerves hurt them dearly in the final.

Starting poorly, Gympie pounced as they scored two goals from corners in the first 10 minutes to set up the lead.

Despite getting a goal back midway through the second half, Bundaberg couldn't find an equaliser, as they peppered the Gympie goals in the final 10 minutes.

When a corner in the last play of the game went out of the shooting circle for Bundaberg, that was the end of their title dreams.

Talking after the clash, captain Angela Asnicar said more time would have made a difference.

"I think if we had have had maybe an extra 10 minutes we might have been a chance to put the goal in," she said.

"Credit to Gympie [though who played well]."

"I couldn't be more proud [of my team.]"

Admitting nerves hurt the team in the end, Asnicar said the team would bounce back better for the experience.

"It would have been nice to win the final in front of our home crowd," he said.

"Hopefully we can keep our same team and bounce back next year."

Meanwhile in division five Bundaberg also fell short as they finished third in the tournament.

A 2-2 draw with Gympie followed a 3-0 defeat to Ipswich in the semi's.

Conceding the warm conditions got to the team on Saturday, captain Nola Zahn said injuries also took their toll on the team.

"We just didn't get it together," she said.

"We're quite happy with coming in third spot."

"The aim [of the competition] is always to just enjoy ourselves," Asnicar said.

With the tournament hosted here for the first time in 22 years, the ladies also praised the organisers and supporters.

"The association has done a great job," Asnicar said.

"It's been a great tournament [and] we've had an incredible amount of support.."

In the main final, Brisbane took out division one with a 3-2 win.



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