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Jordyn's national success inspires next generation

The Ipswich number one hockey team discuss tactics during the under 15 state titles at Raceview.
The Ipswich number one hockey team discuss tactics during the under 15 state titles at Raceview. Rob Williams

AS one of Ipswich's most successful hockey players prepares for her latest Australian mission, the city's next generation enjoyed some success at the state titles.

Ipswich-bred Jordyn Holzberger has been selected in the 18-member Hockeyroos team contesting the Oceania Cup in Sydney from October 11-15.

Australia will take on New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in the biennial event where the Hockeyroos have won six of the nine tournaments.

With Holzberger continuing her international career from her Perth base, Ipswich's three under 15 teams had mixed results at their latest championships.

Ipswich's number one girls' side finished eighth in Division 1 after today's 3-1 playoff loss to Rockhampton.

The Ipswich team had two wins and four losses during the four-day tournament at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.

Ipswich's number two team finished joint fifth in Division 3 after a 0-0 draw with Sunshine Coast in their final game today at the same venue.

Ipswich's second side had one win and four draws.

Brisbane won the Division 1 grand final 3-1 over Tweed Border.

As Ipswich hosted another successful girls' state championships, the city's under 15 boys team completed an exceptional series in Rockhampton.

The Ipswich boys beat Bundaberg 2-1 in this afternoon's Division 2 grand final to secure promotion to Division 1 next year.

Coaching the team for the first time, former Australian Country representative Dean Jeffrey was delighted with how the team performed.

"They all gelled well together,'' Jeffrey said, assisted by manager Pat Jordan who joined the squad late.

"I'm pretty pleased with the effort they all put in over the last couple of days.''

With A Grade player of the year Matt West in goals, Ipswich only conceded one goal - in the final.

Midfielder Lachlan Pomerenke led the way in the Ipswich team's superb defensive display.

During their qualifying matches, the Ipswich boys beat Mt Isa 4-0, Cairns (2) 3-0, Warwick 5-0, Toowoomba (2) 1-0, Bundaberg 1-0 and Rockhampton 3-0.

Zac Ashton-Norton scored both Ipswich's goals in the final played on turf.

The previous clash against Bundaberg was staged on grass.

Some Ipswich players are in line for under 15 state squads and an under 16 development squad to be named in coming days.

Australian representative Jordyn Holzberger.
Australian representative Jordyn Holzberger. Inga Williams

Meanwhile, Holzberger will be part of the Hockeyroos combination heading to Sydney after last playing at the FIH World League semi-final in Belgium in June.

Holzberger retained her place in the national side, having been a regular member of the squad for a number of years.

She'll represent Queensland at the Women's Australian Hockey League championships in Perth next week before returning to national duty.

The Hockeyroos squad will fly to Sydney on October 9 for the Oceania Cup tournament.

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