TWEED STRIKES GOLD

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Steve Vi­vian steve.vi­vian@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

TWEED hockey su­per­stars Dy­lan Wother­spoon, Sa­van­nah Fitz­patrick and Gabrielle Nance have all come away from the Com­mon­wealth Games with in­cred­i­ble mem­o­ries and a bit of bling to boot.

Wother­spoon’s Kook­abur­ras claimed gold on Satur­day night af­ter the men’s side won its sixth con­sec­u­tive Com­mon­wealth Games crown, de­feat­ing New Zealand 2-0 at the Gold Coast Hockey Cen­tre.

The win gave re­tir­ing Kook­abur­ras cap­tain and open­ing cer­e­mony flag-bearer Mark Knowles the dream fin­ish to his 325 game ca­reer.

Ear­lier in the day, Nance and Fitz­patrick’s Hock­ey­roos had to set­tle for a sil­ver medal af­ter be­ing out­played by the New Zealand Black Sticks 4-1.

Al­though the Hock­ey­roos missed out on a fourth con­sec­u­tive Com­mon­wealth Games gold, the re­sult was not a boil-over as the side con­tin­ues to re­build with young tal­ent – high­lighted by our Tweed stars – com­ing through the na­tional ranks.

Nance and Fitz­patrick are cor­ner­stones of the ex­cit­ing next gen­er­a­tion of women’s hockey in Aus­tralia, and with the young squad all the bet­ter for the ex­po­sure on the in­ter­na­tional stage, the re­sult au­gurs well for the Hock­ey­roos’ chances at the Lon­don World Cup in July and Au­gust.

Wother­spoon’s Kook­abur­ras de­liv­ered on the team’s tal­ent and ex­pe­ri­ence, the lat­ter of which shone through in Fri­day night’s semi-fi­nal as a nine-man Aus­tralia held on for a 2-1 win over Eng­land to reach the gold medal match.

Wother­spoon, who grew up in Mur­willum­bah, scored three goals across the tour­na­ment play­ing in at­tack, in­clud­ing a dou­ble against Canada.

Af­ter his bril­liant Com­mon­wealth Games show­ing, Wotherp­soon has all but ce­mented him­self as one of the Kook­abur­ras’ most im­por­tant play­ers ahead of this year’s world cup and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

PHOTO: DEAN LEWINS/AAP

MIS­SION AC­COM­PLISHED: Dy­lan Wother­spoon and the Kook­abur­ras took home gold af­ter de­feat­ing New Zealand 2-0 for a sixth Com­mon­wealth Games crown on the trot.

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