WELL DONE: Met West boys celebrate some fine work during the 10-12 years state titles in Ipswich.
WELL DONE: Met West boys celebrate some fine work during the 10-12 years state titles in Ipswich. Inga Williams

Coach helps kids by day, nets goals at night

AS one of Ipswich's most energetic players, Tim Woodford appreciated the chance to coach the Met West 10-12 years boys team for the first time.

Overseeing the side's third-placed success at the Queensland School Sport state championships was an added bonus.

The Met West boys had a successful hockey tournament in Ipswich, along with the zone girls side who won the latest state title.

The Loretta Steele-coached girls combination, also featuring a number of Ipswich-based players, was unbeaten over four days of competition at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.

"It's very hard to judge how your team is going to go,'' Woodford said.

"From all accounts, they (the Met West girls) just played out of their skin.''

The Easts A-grader was also pleased with his team's performance in only losing 3-2 to eventual champions Wide Bay after leading 2-0.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the first year,'' Woodford said, keen to coach more Met West teams in the future.

"They definitely exceeded my expectations.

"Everything that we focused on at training, they took into the games. It was really good.''

The Leichhardt-based teacher and rookie coach led by example over the weekend.

After three Met West games on Thursday and Friday and two school matches on Saturday, Woodford lined up for Easts in two club matches on Saturday night.

He scored two goals in the Tigers' 3-2 A-grade win over Norths (7.45pm game) after netting a goal in Easts' 6.15pm Reserve grade loss to Norths.

Woodford was encouraged by Easts' top grade performance against their regular grand final rivals.

"It was a different kind of game,'' the consistent striker said.

"Usually the games against Norths have a lot of intensity and everyone is out there to do anything for a win.

"But it was more of a laidback type of game. People were jovial and having a good time.''

Mid-season final winners Hancock Brothers continued on their winning way by beating Wests 4-2 in the other A-grade men's encounter.

Adam McLelland scored a hat-trick.

Woodford was happy how Easts were travelling, being undefeated in the combined competition with Toowoomba.

However, he said the Tigers depth would be tested in coming weeks.

Woodford's cousins Daniel, Chris and Adam Mantell are heading overseas for the British Open and Ashes next month.

Representative defender Lachlan Brown is also planning a mid-July move to England.

Experienced Easts player David Llewelyn is on a six-week trip to Europe.

"The positive is, by the finals, we should be settled again,'' Woodford said.

In the weekend A-grade women's matches, Norths beat Bellbowrie 4-2 and Wests scored back-to-back wins over Hancock Brothers with a 1-0 success.

Swifts/Thistles lost 2-0 to Norths Toowoomba in the combined competition game.

 



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