Keeper grabs double glory
WINNING two premierships on one day was scarcely a dream for Easts goalkeeper Pat Collingwood two short weeks ago.
To achieve that fantastic feat with a knee injury seemed even less likely.
However, with the help of the player he replaced, Collingwood did that at the Ipswich Hockey Complex on Saturday night.
Encouraged by injured teammate and Ipswich representative goalkeeper Andrew Woodford, Collingwood held out the powerful Norths attack when it mattered most. He ensured the minor premiers won the grand final 5-4.
"It was a long game. It took a lot out of me," Collingwood said, having repelled last-ditch efforts by Norths dangermen Dean Jeffrey and Mark Pocock.
Collingwood, 22, made his most crucial save in the last minute when Norths had a final corner which could have forced extra time.
"All I was thinking was I've got to save it so no overtime," the Bundamba-based goalkeeper said.
The effort of the Dinmore Meatworks boner helped Easts seal their fifth A-grade title in six years.
It was also Collingwood's second medal after he played for the Easts Reserve grade side which beat Hancocks 4-1 two hours earlier.
"My highlight is winning both premierships," Collingwood said, proudly looking at the medals around his neck.
"I'm going to love wearing these medals all weekend."
All that drama came after he injured his knee dropping for a short corner in the Reserve grade grand final.
"I just sucked it up and did what I had to do," he said.
The injured Woodford gave his replacement advice before the game and at halftime.
"He did really well," Woodford said, having watched the game from the dugout after dislocating his right shoulder a fortnight ago.
"I just told him to keep his head up."
With Easts for five years, Collingwood appreciated the extra guidance in his first A-grade grand final.
"I look up to Andy a lot," Collingwood said. "He's helped me a lot since he's been out, helped me get ready for A-grade."
For Woodford, joining the celebration eased the pain of missing the grand final, being back with the Tigers for four years.
He's off to Melbourne in a month to start a new job.
Another Ipswich hockey stalwart who mentored another player was winning Swifts captain Anne-Marie Callow.
During her team's earlier 4-2 victory over Hancocks, Callow was regularly standing next to exciting 14-year-old talent Kelly McNamara. But instead of knocking her away, Callow gave her tips on where to stand.
A-grade men: Easts 5 (Tim Woodford 2, Brenton Sippel, Thom Millar, Chris Mantell) d Norths 4 (Dean Jeffrey 2, Mark Pocock, Wil Dalais). Player of final: Tim Woodford (Easts).
A-grade women: Swifts 4 (Anne-Marie Callow 2, Kirsty Bennett, Kellie Schneider) d Hancocks 2 (Sara Rogers, Robyn Clarke). Player of final: Kirsty Bennett (Swifts).
Lower grades review in tomorrow's QT.
Look out for the grand final junior and senior hockey teams in a special grand final souvenir liftout this week.