Woodlawn claims NSW hockey title
IN THEIR first year competing in the Open division, St Johns College Woodlawn has been crowned champions at the annual NSW CCC hockey tournament held in Tamworth last week.
Thirteen boys from the Lismore school, 11 of them members of the Coraki Hockey Club participated in the 22nd staging of the annual competition.
It was Woodlawn's second appearance at the tournament and the first time the school has entered the boys' Open division, a division that is considered the pinnacle of the event.
Woodlawn, captained by Lachlan Scotcher, launched their campaign with a strong 4-0 win over host school McCarthy Catholic College Tamworth.
In the second round Woodlawn paid the price for a lack of composure, going down to eventual grand final rivals McAuley Catholic College Grafton.
Woodlawn bounced back from the loss to Grafton to navigate their way through the remaining qualifying rounds without loss.
Up against Grafton in the final, Woodlawn dominated from the outset, converting two penalty corners to lead 2-0 at the half-time break.
Woodlawn maintained their dominance in the second term before converting a penalty corner to seal a 3-0 win and claim the NSW CCC state championship crown.
Goalkeeper Ashley Simes collected the most valuable player award after a series of brilliant saves during the tournament.