Warwick’s tough hockey trek
THE team did not record the results it hoped for prior to the state carnival but Warwick hockey coach Phil Rolfe still rated the tournament a success.
The team had hoped for a top-three finish prior to the tournament but ended up fifth, after defeating Townsville 3-1 in the fifth-sixth placed playoffs.
"All the guys played well and while we were all disappointed at fifth, the guys have to learn that things don't always go your way and how to lose," Rolfe said.
"We had a chat after an early result did not go our way and the guys did step up well.
"I was really pleased with their response."
Rolfe rated the trio of Jacob Reid, Josh Jensen and Matthew Eastwell as his side's top performers and said he hoped the side had taken valuable experience from the carnival.
"I can't fault any of the players," he said.
"It was a good experience for all of the players.
"I hope the players can use the experience from the carnival in the future.
"It was a very tight carnival and one loss was the difference between us finishing in the top four and missing out."
Rolfe said the 1-0 defeat to Gladstone was what cost his side.
"That loss was really costly for us," Rolfe said.
"That's how close it was.
"But that's how it works at these carnivals. It's good for the boys to learn how one slip-up can be so costly."
While Rolfe did not want to make excuses, he said the game against Gladstone being played on grass hurt his side.
"It's a faster game on the synthetic," he said.
"The grass slows the ball up and is much more unpredictable.
"Their coach even said to me that he was glad we played on grass. But that's how it is, they are the ones that got the goal."