Ipswich player helps Queensland grab elusive title
EDEN Jackat wasn't even born the last time Queensland won an open women's national indoor hockey championship.
However, the skilful Chuwar hockey player will never forget the moment she helped deliver the state its first national title since 1995.
Jackat and her fellow teammates defeated reigning champions New South Wales in the final match with a convincing 5-3 score line - just two days after Queensland was defeated by NSW in the round games at Wollongong.
"I don't think I have been that happy in hockey before; it was really amazing," she said.
"It was a great team to be a part of and the whole team bonded well throughout the whole tournament.
"Even if we didn't win it wouldn't have changed how much fun we had, but beating NSW was the best feeling, especially by that score in the final."
The 19-year-old fullback has been a state player since under-15, but had never made a grand final at a national competition.
Queensland led 3-1 at halftime against the unbeaten NSW side and then extended its lead to 5-1 midway through the second half to set up the win.
"There was no pressure on us coming into the final and that really helped us," Jackat said.
"They had the home advantage and were defending the title
"But we went into the match hungrier and ready to give it to them, which we did.
"We put everything into that game and played aggressively to crack their defence."
The University of Southern Queensland paramedic student credits her performance at the national championship to her experience playing in a men's indoor hockey competition in Brisbane.
"It's a lot better competition because it's faster and more skilful," she said.
"It really helped toughen my game and get me ready for the step up to opens."
After helping Wests make the Ipswich Hockey A-grade grand final, Jackat was rewarded with selection into the 2016 Hockey Queensland under-21 women's squad.
But the former St Peter Claver College student has not made a decision as to whether she will trial for the state outdoor hockey team, with her long-term focus on helping Queensland defend its open women's national indoor title.
"I know the whole team is eager to go back there next year," she said.