Tasmania has wrapped up the Australian under-13 boys’ hockey championships with a resounding 9-0 win.
Northern Territory was the unfortunate victim as Bianca Pritchard’s side feasted out on home soil in Hobart on Wednesday.
Captain Mac Johnstone, of OHA, gave Tasmania an eighth-minute lead before two field goals saw Launceston City’s Oliver Stebbings add his name to the tournament goal-scoring table and DiamondBacks’ Oscar Pritchard made the score 4-0 at the main break.
A double from Bailey Stephens and a blistering eight-minute hat-trick from his DiamondBacks clubmate Milo Gee completed the rout on the final day of the week-long tournament.
Tasmania’s sixth win from 11 matches saw the team finish fourth in the standings with NSW Stars and Lions following on the heels of Western Australia Storm.
The undefeated pace-setters finished with eight wins to their name along with the tournament leading scorer Patrick Andrew with 10 goals.
Gee was the leading Tasmanian goal-scorer with five while Pritchard and Burnie Baptists’ Matthew Murphy finished with three each.
Smithton’s Willem Dwyer and Burnie Baptist’s Tyson Johnson were also in the Tassie side.
Tassie had earlier defeated South Australia (2-0), NSW Lions (1-0), WA Lightning (2-0), Queensland Sabres (2-0) and Queensland Cutters (2-1).
In the girls’ tournament, also held at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre, Queensland Cinders came from behind to inflict a 2-1 defeat on the host state.
South Launceston’s Isabella Davie converted a 13th-minute penalty corner.
Isobella Cochran equalised and Queensland captain Demi Walker struck the winner from a 39th-minute short corner.
Tasmania's second loss of the week left the team in sixth place with five wins from 11 games and a +6 goal difference.
Queensland Embers and Western Australian Emeralds also finished on 19 points, with NSW Stars on 20, Queensland Cinders on 25 and superior goal difference giving NSW Lions the title over Victoria Venom after both sides finished on 26 points.
Derwent trio Georgie Fox, Emma O’Grady and Emily Rockefeller finished on two goals each for the Tasmanian team coached by Nic Duffy.
Launceston City’s Ashley Demarco and Millie Smith, of Queechy Penguins, were also in the Tasmanian squad.
Beginning the tournament with a 1-0 defeat of eventual champions NSW Lions, Tasmanian also defeated ACT, South Australian and Vic Volt by the same scoreline and won 4-0 against Northern Territory before losing its final two games.