Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cities End Difficult Year on a High Note; Grit, Determination Pay Dividends for Defending Premiers in Final

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Cities End Difficult Year on a High Note; Grit, Determination Pay Dividends for Defending Premiers in Final

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Byline: Doug Gillett

HOCKEY: Cities have completed a clean sweep of the Bundaberg Hockey Association and Premier League competitions with a 3-2 defeat of Rovers in Saturday's grand final.

The Bundaberg Hockey Association premiers claimed their second consecutive premiership to the delight of supporters.

Coach Mick Callaghan said the win had been the perfect end to a difficult year for his team.

"We've had a few injuries and a few problems, but the guys got there in the end," he said.

"I couldn't be prouder of the team they went hard all year and didn't let up for a second."

Inside right Jeremiah Burtt cut through a 2-2 stalemate late in the second half to put his team in front with a striking close-range goal.

Cities defenders were sent into overdrive in the final five minutes of the game as Rovers searched for an equaliser.

"The guys really had to earn the win in the last part of the game," he said.

"If they hadn't have defended so well it would have been taken away from us. …

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