Ipswich girls denied shot at Queensland glory

IT'S a cruel way to miss a shot at the state title.

However, as Ipswich Hockey regional coaching director Neil Shearer said: "That's the rules''.

Ipswich's number one under-13 girls hockey team will play off for third and fourth in Mackay today despite drawing yesterday's semi-final 1-1 with Toowoomba.

Another goal from dangerous striker Gaby Nicholls gave Ipswich every chance to win the match and advance to today's final.

However, under state competition rules, Toowoomba advanced having finished top of their pool during the round-robin games.

"It is advantage to the team for a whole week's work,'' Shearer said.

"The finals are the only ones where they play extra time.''

Ipswich faces Gold Coast today in the consolation final.

Toowoomba will try to secure the state title from Brisbane 1.

While disappointed for the Ipswich girls, Shearer said the team had performed well all week in Mackay.

He singled out Gaby for praise after she converted yesterday's penalty corner.

"In my opinion, she's the best striker here,'' Shearer said.

Shearer was hopeful Ipswich would secure some players in state or development squads being named today.

Meanwhile, the illness-hit Ipswich under-13 boys team will play off for seventh and eighth on the final day of their state titles campaign on the Sunshine Coast.

With four players still suffering gastro, a gallant Ipswich side lost 2-1 to Rockhampton yesterday.

Ipswich play Townsville 1 today.



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