Terrific Tornadoes capture first men’s title
TORQUAY has broken its hockey duck by claiming its first Hockey Geelong men’s Division 1 premiership.
And the Tornadoes did it in emphatic style with a dominant 7-0 win over its bogey side Newtown Falcons.
It was the fourth grand final for the men in the club’s fifth year, having previously lost to Newtown in 2013, ’14 and ’16 and it came with much relief for coach and club president Chris Thompson.
“It’s unbelievably good. It gets the monkey off the back,’’ Thompson said on Saturday night.
While Newtown, by its own admission, had struggled to field a consistent team during the season, Torquay’s title was built on an even contribution across the pitch. “We ran lots of rotations and everyone contributed,’’ Thompson said.
“The goals that gave the most joy were the ones where we transitioned really quickly and passed the ball around. It was not individual efforts that got those goals. That was the biggest difference today.
“I was just rapt with all of them. The guys you don’t expect much from like the half- backs; they’re not the stars of the team, but they just did their job.’’
Newtown head coach Deb Barnett acknowledge Torquay’s strength this year.
“They’ve been the team to beat all along,’’ she said. “They’ve always had a good bench, really solid.’’
In the women’s Division 1 final, Geelong Jaguars thwarted Torquay’s bid for back-toback pennants with a 3-0 win.
It was Geelong’s 11th women’s Division 1 title, but the first since 2003, and it capped a big day by also going back-to back in Division 2 with a 3-1 win over Golden Plains, which was playing in its first final.
Geelong Jaguars co-ordinator Pam Sutton was delighted with the effort that came on the back of a strong recruiting and development program in recent years.
Goalkeeper Tori Milne was named player of the final.
Sutton said Milne had saved as many as 15 shots on goal, including a penalty stroke attempt.
Saints took the honours in men’s Division 2 with a 2-1 win over Newtown Spirit, Geelong local hockey legend Shane Walters scoring one of the goals.
LEFT: Torquay players celebrate their Division 1 men’s premiership.
WINNERS: The Geelong Jaguars’ Division 1 team celebrates its premiership win at Stead Park on Saturday.