Highlands competes at NSW Open Mens Field State Championships

A team of Highlands men put on a strong display at the Hockey NSW Open Mens Field State Championships over the weekend. 

The team travelled to Narellan for the championships, which were played on June 10-12. 

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Southern Highlands team at the Hockey NSW Open Mens Field State Championships. Photo: supplied.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Southern Highlands team at the Hockey NSW Open Mens Field State Championships. Photo: supplied.

Although the team only won one of their pool games, team captain Jed Schofield said it was a still a good experience. 

“It’s always a good weekend and we got to play with boys we’ve known for years against some good quality outfits,” he said. 

In the first game of the weekend the Highlands faced off against Lithgow and were defeated 6-0.

The first game was physical and the Highlands lost two key players. 

In the first two minutes of the match Andrew Pinkerton broke his wrist and was unable to play for the rest of the competition. 

In the same match Owen Chivers was knocked out and failed a concussion test. 

“We lost two of our best players early on which made things a bit hard for the rest of the championships,” Schofield said. 

The Highlanders won their second game against Metro South West 3-1. 

In game three Southern Highlands was defeated by Tamworth 2 4-0 and in game four, were defeated by Orange 6-3.

Schofield said the losses came down to the strength of the opposition. 

“They were some really strong outfits that all had coaches and managers this year, which we didn’t have,” he said. 

Schofield said that the team “didn’t play the at our best” but there were a number of positive results for the Highlands team. 

Gus Schofield was named player’s player. 

Player’s player was based of a voting system after each game. 

Three Highlands players were also chosen for the NSW hockey squad. 

Gus and Jed Scofield and Ben Wright were selected to play at with squad in Townsville this August. 

“We finished with some pretty positive outcomes so it was good end to the weekend,” Schofield said.  

The Country mens team was announced on June 14 and will be held from Friday August 11 to Saturday, August 19.