Men take silver against NSW at indoor champs
WA finished second at the 2014 Australian Men Open Indoor Championships which took place at the National Hockey Centre in Canberra.
WA started the tournament well with wins against Tasmania and Queensland. Two defeats in a row against New South Wales and ACT meant they needed to win the last pool game against Victoria to qualify for the finals. A pulsating 6-5 win against Victoria secured their place in the top four.
Featuring the likes of Kookaburras striker Glenn Turner, ACT were going to be a difficult opponent to beat in the semifinals. Some tight defensive work by WA thwarted ACT attacking options, resulting in a 1-1 draw. Australian men’s indoor goalkeeper Ben Rennie stood up in the ensuing shoot-out, with WA going on to win 3-2.
New South Wales, along with ACT are the two powerhouses of indoor hockey, having not lost a single game in the pool stages of the tournament. A Nigel Croke strike was the only thing separating New South Wales and WA at the half-time break of the final.
New South Wales were clinical in the second half, with leading goal scorer Jack Hayes netting a hat trick within six minutes to take his tournament tally to 10. In the end, WA had to settle for silver.
The WA Women’s Open team finished fifth at the 2014 Australian Women Open Indoor Championships. Losses against ACT, Victoria and Queensland, coupled with draws against SA and NSW, meant they needed a win against Tasmania in the final game to avoid finishing seventh.
Goals to Nicole Serafini and Jarni McGuire secured their first win of the tournament. They then went on to beat South Australia 3-2 in the play-off match. New South Wales defeated Victoria 5-3 in the final to do ‘the double’.
The U21 Australian Indoor Championships concluded with the men’s team winning silver and the women bronze.
WA U21 Men finished the pool stages in second place, only losing once to eventual winners NSW. A 1-0 win against Queensland booked their place in the final, but they were unable to get over the line against NSW, going on to lose 4-1.
Having drawn their pool game against Queensland, WA’s U21 Women’s team managed to get the better of Queensland in the third-place play-off game. Two goals in the first five minutes from Natasha Hyde and Jessica Bestall helped WA win bronze.
The WA U15 Indoor State team will play their Australian Indoor Championships at Monash University in Melbourne from January 10-13 next year, followed by the Australian U18 Indoor Championships from January 15-18.