Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Finals Thrill in All the Right Ways

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Finals Thrill in All the Right Ways

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Byline: Sean Teuma

YEAR IN REVIEW: Chronicle looks back at the year that was HOCKEY: As the new year approaches, The Chronicle is taking a look back at the best sporting moments of 2019.

We continue today with hockey, a sport that provided one of the most incredible finals series in recent memory, as well as our local players and coaches continuing to shine on the international stage.

10. Semi final drama The finals series of the A1 men had more drama than an episode of Home and Away. Rangeville escaped the first round of the finals against Norths, scoring after the final siren had sounded to snatch a draw. Ironically they bowed out a week later, after Newtown scored three minutes from time to secure a late draw.

9. Neumann's scorching form Aleisha Neumann etched her name in history as part of the Brisbane Blaze's premiership win in the inaugural season of the Hockey One competition. While not being chosen to compete in the final, Neumann played in a number of regular season games to help Brisbane push their way into the post-season.

8. Masters coaches/players honours Toowoomba's large contingent of players competing in Masters events again flooded the representative scene in 2019. Player Susie Marcussen and coach Elke Swain were successful in claiming Trans Tasman gold, while a plethora of players earned Queensland selection throughout the year.

7. Fairholme wins all schools Fairholme capped off a strong 2019 on the hockey pitch, claiming the All Schools carnival at Clyde Park. The final victory over St Mary's Maryborough gave them dual silverware, following on from their Darling Downs Cup victory earlier in the year. Centenary Heights SHS gave it their all against a well-drilled Emmaus College side, going down in a shootout.

6. Tatum Stewart and Briana Suey make their mark The resume continues to build for Tatum Stewart and Briana Suey, who added an Australian U17s Schoolgirls honour to their long list of achievements in 2019. The pair travelled to Europe to take on a number of other countries, and were also chosen in the Queensland U19s side following the school championships. …

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