Perfection is something that is quite rare to come across.
We all strive to do our best and in a perfect world we would succeed with flying colours. Well, one Southern Highlands hockey team has done just that.
An outstanding run has seen the Mittagong Cougars under 15s team remain undefeated throughout the 2019 season and a hard earned grand final win was the cherry on top.
Cougar's head coach Peter Goulder gave all the credit to his competitors.
"We had some pretty skillful players on our side," Goulder said.
"I just tried to instill into them, pass the ball, let the ball do the work and have fun.
"They worked on that all year and gelled into a magnificent team. They're all good mates now and they have fun playing. That's the most important thing for me."
Winning is what all teams strive for, but coach Goulder praised and reflected on the squad's teamwork and friendship fondly.
"A quarter of the way through the season I could see the kids were really beginning to gel," Goulder said.
"We also had players who hadn't played before. To see them buy into the system and others embrace them was really rewarding.
"Getting teenagers to do anything is a reward (laughs)."
Grand final day was the major test. All the pressure was on the Cougars as they were heading into the big dance undefeated.
'The nerves were okay heading into the grand final," Goulder said.
"Some of the players were nervous, but they had all worked hard enough throughout the season to deserve the favourites tag.
"The game was a struggle and very close. Then with ten minutes to go we broke through and got two goals to finish 3-1."
The Cougars defeated the Mittagong Lions hockey team in the final and Cougars captain Alex Jefferys couldn't have been happier to lead the way.
"It felt pretty good when we won," Jefferys said.
"All the hard work we put in throughout the season paid off and got us a finals win. We were nervous heading into the finals as we were undefeated and it would look bad if we lost when it counted most.
"We got an early goal in the game, but didn't score for the rest of the half and they came back at us to even the game.
"The second half was really tight, but we got through it as a team and got over the line."
After four decades of playing the game he loves, coach Goulder is excited about his coaching future and thanked his team for their efforts this year.
"I've played about 40 years of hockey," Goulder said.
"The last five years I've become more interested in coaching as my kids get more into the game themselves. I coached them and some rep sides also. I've found coaching really rewarding and highly enjoy it.
"But this year was special and well done to the players, you all deserved this win and your parents can be very proud of who you are as players and people."
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