Trinity wins second consecutive state hockey championship
TRINITY Catholic College of Lismore has won its second consecutive NSW Combined Catholic Colleges open boys hockey state championship after a thrilling penalty shoot-out in the final at Grafton.
Team captain Matt Scurr was undoubtedly the player of the carnival, scoring 12 goals including five in one game, with many coming from his lethal "tomahawk" shot.
Cooper Stahl, Hayden Scurr and brothers Sam and Jack Hemsley-Hackett were effective in attack and defence.
Debutant Jeremy Perkins was a late inclusion and handled himself well, scoring a brilliant goal in the opening game.
Goalkeeper Jayden Bryant defended with courage and made several important saves.
Tyler McGrath was outstanding in defence and stopped attack after attack from some skilful opponents.
Youngsters Jamie Brown, Kyle McLean, Oliver Simon, Hugh Harris and Lachlan Gordon also acquitted themselves well.
Trinity played Edmund Rice College of Wollongong in the final, which was dead-locked nil-all after normal time and still after 10 minutes of golden goal extra time.
Both goalkeepers made crucial saves, with Bryant coming of his line several times to keep Trinity in the game.
The shoot-out was also locked 5-all after five strokes each, sending it to sudden death.
A Wollongong player then hit the post with his shot and Scurr made no mistake for Trinity to take the title.
The 2014 Trinity captain and now Australian Under-20 squad member Brad Hughes made a guest coaching appearance and the boys benefited from his guidance.
An even younger Trinity open girls team completed their round games with mixed results and lost their semi-final 2-0.
They finished third overall after their opponents forfeited the play-off.
The team showed a lot of tenacity after losing key players Taquira McGrath and Tiana Clarke in the week before the carnival, then Alice Bradford to a nasty head knock in the last pool game.