Fast-paced game sees NSW come out on top

IN THE final day of the under-15 indoor hockey championships, New South Wales was victorious in both the boys' and girls' final, but both sides had to fight to the end.

The boys' final started with a goal in the first nine seconds of the game from Queensland's Jack Tucker.

This goal set the tone for the whole match, with both sides playing a fast and attacking style of hockey.

NSW replied with a goal in the 12th minute through penalty corner specialist Rhiley Carr.

After Carr scored, NSW was on a roll, with Isaace Fermilo sealing another goal for his side in the 13th minute.

NSW entered the half-time break 2-1 up.

After the half-time whistle both teams came out hard but neither side was able to find a breakthrough until Queensland's Jay Pavitt scored against the run of play to take the scores to 2-2 with less than two minutes on the clock.

With 30 seconds left in the match NSW gathered the ball at the half line and made a play for its goal and forced an error from Queensland's defence resulting in a penalty corner after the siren.

Carr was able to slot the ball in to the net, taking NSW to victory.

In the girls' final both Queensland and NSW were unable to convert in the first half.

NSW goalkeeper Jasmine Etheridge and Queensland goalkeeper Jess Switzer were both on fire with the score nil all at half-time.

After the break NSW got a quick break away and this resulted in a forced error in the Queensland defence causing a penalty stroke, which NSW captain Renee de la Motte put away, taking the score to 1-0.

Queensland replied in the 34th minute through a penalty corner taken by Lauren Tucker.

With only six minutes left on the clock both teams were frantically looking for any opportunity to goal.

In the 37th minute another penalty corner was awarded to NSW and was capitalised on, taking the score to 2-1.

Sarah Johnston then found the back of the net again for NSW in the 38th minute sealing the win, with the final score 3-1.

Today will see the start of the under-18 national indoor hockey championship at Launceston's Silverdome, and the competition will run until Sunday.

The first game tomorrow is at 8am and the last game of the day at 7pm.

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