Two of Bunbury’s school hockey teams recently showcased the region’s sky-high level of sporting talent.
Bunbury Senior High School’s girls and boys’ hockey teams went up against squads from around the South West during this year’s Country Week challenge.
After taking on Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Manea Senior College, Great Southern Grammar, and Albany Senior High School, the girls’ team clinched a 3-2 win over Albany in the grand final.
Meanwhile, the boys’ team went up against Narrogin Senior High School, Bunbury CGS, Great Southern Grammar and Albany in the A Division.
The side faced tough competition before going on to claim a 3-0 victory over Great Southern Grammar in the decider.
The wins qualified the girls’ side for the 2018 Buchanan Cup and the boys’ line-up for the David Bell Cup.
Their extraordinary efforts then put them through to their respective grand finals.
Playing at Bunbury Hockey Stadium on Thursday, August 30, the girls’ team and Como Secondary College were locked at 2-2 with 12 minutes to go.
Two late goals gifted the visitors with a 4-2 win.
The event marked captain Megan Lowe’s final game for the Bunbury SHS girls’ side.
Bunbury SHS’s boys side went down 8-0 to Como later in the day.
Bunbury SHS girls’ hockey coach Danelle Field said both teams performed admirably during the season.
“It’s an awesome sport, we’ve got state players on our team – Georgina Dowd has just come back from South Africa, playing for Australia,” she said.
“In Bunbury, we have so many opportunities designed for kids to go higher with their sport.
“We’ve got a really good association down here; most of these girls play for Exies and we’ve got some Towns/South and Boyanup players as well.”
School Sports WA sports coordinator Allyce Sewell was delighted by each Country Week team’s attitudes and attributes.
“They all have strength as well as the ability to open up each game and really take it on when they need to,” she said.
“From a school perspective, it is great that the tournaments feature a wide variety of schools.”