Ipswich team rises to top spot
IPSWICH'S fantastic double triumph in masters hockey highlighted two wonderful attributes.
Ipswich players possess tremendous commitment and family networks are so important in sport.
Ipswich number one team coach Karen Harnden couldn't be prouder of the group of players who won the Division 1 final at the Queensland Masters Hockey Championships in Toowoomba.
It was the first time Ipswich secured the top grade title after a nail-biting penalty playoff victory on Monday.
Amid the cluster of hugs was Harnden's daughter Kylie, who coached Ipswich's final-winning number two team.
In winning Division 4, Ipswich's second side gained promotion to Division 3 next year.
Karen Harnden said it was a magic moment for Ipswich hockey.
"To win Division 1 is the ultimate,'' she said, having coached the top side for a decade.
"To do it in just our second year is amazing.
"What capped it off for me was the fact that my daughter also won her division.
"After we ran out onto the field, everyone was hugging everyone.
"She (Kylie) came running out. We just turned around to our supporters and it was just so great to be able to do that with your daughter.''
Ipswich's number one side qualified for the final on superior goal averages after three teams finished on the same points.
An impressive 4-0 semi-final victory over Brisbane 1 lifted Ipswich into another showdown with Brisbane's second side.
After a goal from Anne-Marie Callow, Ipswich led 1-0 until the last one and a half minutes when Brisbane 2 scored.
This forced a penalty playoff, a new format where five attackers go one at a time and have eight seconds to get the ball into the net.
After some sensational saves by goalkeeper Jodie Zumbansen, Ipswich won the playoff 4-3.
Ironically, Ipswich had scored late in their previous clash to force a draw. The final was another classic battle.
"It was just so tense,'' Harnden said, highlighting the team's commitment.
"It was absolutely excellent.
"Everybody played so well and played as a team.''
Fullback Amanda McKenna was named Division 1 player of the final.
Ipswich inner Di Casey was Division 1 player of the tournament.
Australian representative Lyn Grulke retained her place in the Queensland side.
Ipswich beat Townsville 5-1 in an earlier game. Ipswich drew 1-1 with Toowoomba and 1-1 with Brisbane 2 before their semi-final domination.
Swifts A-grade captain Callow was Ipswich's leading scorer with six goals.
Determination key to final success
IPSWICH'S successful number two team beat Hervey Bay 1-0, Mackay 1-0 and Sunshine Coast 3-0 before a 3-2 penalty playoff win over Mt Isa in the semi-final.
The scores were deadlocked 1-1 in that game.
Lyn Barnes was named player of Division 4 after Ipswich's 1-0 win over Brisbane 5 in the state championships final.
Ipswich number two goal scorers were Lyn Davey, Vanessa Kissane, Deb McDougall, Michelle Peters and Amanda Hill.
"After losing the final last year, the ladies were determined to go that one step further this year,'' coach Kylie Harnden said.
"That determination showed in the semi-final where we came from 1-0 down to win in a penalty playoff.''
Ipswich's number three team won their relegation game 5-0 against Bundaberg to remain in Division 5 for next season.
Ipswich's goal scorers were Melissa Evans, Lauren Casey, Terri Sallaway and Sue Collins.
Ipswich's road to state title glory
Division 1: Ipswich number one def Townsville 5-1. Scorers: Anne-Marie Callow 2, Di Casey 2, Jayne Goetsch 1. Drew Toowoomba (1) 1-1. Scorer: Anne-Marie Callow. Drew Brisbane (2) 1-1. Scorer: Anne-Marie Callow. Semi-final: def Brisbane (1) 4-0. Scorers: Brihony Simpson 2, Bronwyn Webb 1, Anne-Marie Callow 1. Final: Def Brisbane (2) 4-3 in penalty playoff after 1-1 after normal time. Scorer: Anne-Marie Callow.
Player of Division 1: Di Casey. Player of Division 1 final: Amanda McKenna.
Division 4: Ipswich number two def Hervey Bay 1-0 (scorer Lyn Davey); def Mackay 1-0 (Vanessa Kissane); d Sunshine Coast 3-0 (Michelle Peters 2, Deb McDougall). Semi-final: Def Mt Isa 3-2 in penalty playoff (Amanda Hill scored in normal time). Final: Def Brisbane (5) 1-0 (Amanda Hill). Player of Division 4: Lyn Barnes.