TOP EFFORT: The Warwick over-35s hockey team celebrates after their state championship win in Rockhampton. (Back, from left) Chris Bergemann, Craig Jefferey, Chris Forte, Adam Byrne, Peter Sommers, Rod Hansen, Matt Hagenbach, (front) Luke Forte, Peter Keeble, Grant Smith, Jason March, Luke Riley and Dion Phillips.
TOP EFFORT: The Warwick over-35s hockey team celebrates after their state championship win in Rockhampton. (Back, from left) Chris Bergemann, Craig Jefferey, Chris Forte, Adam Byrne, Peter Sommers, Rod Hansen, Matt Hagenbach, (front) Luke Forte, Peter Keeble, Grant Smith, Jason March, Luke Riley and Dion Phillips. Contributed

Warwick hockey team rates Hervey Bay win best in state success

HOCKEY: Adam Byrne rates the win against Hervey Bay in a round game as the high point of the Warwick victory in the state Over-35 hockey championships at Rockhampton.

Warwick had five round wins and one loss before beating Hervey Bay 2-1 in the final.

Byrne organised the Warwick team which was captained by striker Matt Hagenbach.

Hagenbach led the scoring with six goals, Byrne netted four, Olympian Grant Smith two, Rod Hansen and Peter Sommers each hit one at the weekend.

After beating Hervey Bay in a round game, Warwick played the same team in the final and Hagenbach scored to put Warwick up 1-0 before Hervey Bay equalised for a half-time score of 1-all.

In the second half, Sommers scored with one minute to go to secure the win.

Byrne said his team was delighted to score the winning goal and miss a penalty shoot-out which cost Warwick the chance of a title win last year.

“We played our worst game against Brisbane in the round games knowing we didn’t have to win to make the final, I think we dropped off a bit mentally,” Byrne said.

“It is my first title since I went to my first championships with the Warwick under-13 side, 24 years ago.”

The Warwick-based players were Byrne, Matthew Hagenbach, Dion Phillips, Chris Bergemann and Rod Hansen as well as former Warwick player Jason March who now lives in Brisbane. They were joined by mates from other centres who are regulars.

Co-coach Byrne, Hagenbach, Luke Forte and Peter Sommers made the state over-35 team.



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