Lethal striker bags four of the best for Wests
FOUR goals in any match is an effort worthy of praise. Four goals in a final is extraordinary.
That's what Wests striker Deb McDougall delivered in her team's 7-1 A2 victory over Bellbowrie in Friday night's hockey final.
She scored 58 goals for the season, earning the celebratory drinks she was enjoying at the Ipswich Hockey Complex on Saturday afternoon.
She scored three of her latest four field goals during a 20-minute period.
When asked whether she should be playing a higher level, she laughed: "I'll leave that for the young kids. I've had my time in Reserve grade and A-grade."
McDougall had only been back two years after playing most of her junior hockey with Wests.
Her daughters Jade and Alyssa play for Wests and represent Ipswich, making it a family sport to enjoy.
However, she was eager to praise the Wests A2 team.
"The girls were fantastic. We all worked together really well," the centre forward said.
Unbeaten Wests won the Magpies' only senior grade premiership for the season.
Another group of players who enjoy the more social side of hockey is R2 grand final winners Veterans.
After Saturday's 2-1 win over Swifts, player of the match and captain Lynette Davey summed up her team's priority.
"The big thing with us is we don't train," she said, sharing the victory with teammates.
"We just enjoy our hockey but we're all very competitive though on the field."
She said the R2 competition was even all season, with minor premiers Vets losing to Swifts six weeks earlier.