Women's second and third grade hockey grand finals

GRAND FINAL CLASH: Robertson's Brittany Stone tackles Mittagong's Kristina Bernie in the women's third grade grand final. Photo Madeline Crittenden.

GRAND FINAL CLASH: Robertson's Brittany Stone tackles Mittagong's Kristina Bernie in the women's third grade grand final. Photo Madeline Crittenden.

Supporters pitched their tents and wore their team colours at Welby playing fields on Saturday to celebrate the hockey grand finals. 

The first game was between Robertson and the Mittagong Cheetahs in the women’s third grade grand final. 

At the break the scoreboard showed 0-0. 

With 18 minutes left in the match Monique Bernie scored for Mittagong, followed five minutes later by a goal from Yolande Isedale. 

Mittagong Cheetahs player Yolande Isedale said it was a hard match. 

“We have had really tight games with Robertson all year so we know this would be a tough match,” she said. 

Isedale said Mittagong’s speed secured the win. 

“I think our speed was definitely what got us over the line today. We have a lot of young players and they worked really hard for us.” 

Robertson coach Brendon McDonald said his team had a great season despite the loss. 

“This is the first time in 16 years the third grade ladies have made it to the grand final. So win or lose we got there and the girls had a lot of fun,” he said.

McDonald commended both teams on the sportsmanship and high spirits displayed in the match.  

In the women’s second grade grand final Robertson won the premiership against the Bowral Wallabies after the game went into extra time. 

At the full time whistle, the score still sat at 0-0 and five minutes of extra time was played. 

With two and a half minutes remaining on the clock Amanda Morgan scored for Robertson. 

Robertson coach Brendon McDonald said the girls deserved to win the match. 

“Bowral has been at the top of the competition all year and that’s why this game went into extra time.” 

The win marked Robertson’s third consecutive second grade grand final victory. 

Bowral Wallabies captain Dot Furphy said the game was a good end to the season. 

“Robertson played a great game and they made us work really hard,” she said. 

“The game was played in great spirits. Even though we lost, it was a fantastic match and I’m really proud of the girl’s performance.” 

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