Norths dance to victory

WONDERFUL MOMENT: Players from the Norths and Wests D-grade teams unite after last Saturday’s grand final at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. The girls danced and sang team songs before forming a huddle after Norths won 4-0.
WONDERFUL MOMENT: Players from the Norths and Wests D-grade teams unite after last Saturday’s grand final at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. The girls danced and sang team songs before forming a huddle after Norths won 4-0. Franca Tigani

THEY danced on the field, sang a catchy victory song and displayed tremendous club spirit.

It's little wonder the Norths' D-grade girls were named Ipswich Hockey's junior team of the year.

Apart from their fantastic bonding, the young players were pretty handy on the field.

Norths were undefeated for the 2013 season, scoring 139 goals and only conceding 12.

Having Queensland under-13 co-captain Lauren Hess leading the side gave Norths added quality.

However, emotional coach Jay Petersen was proud how his team, featuring some newcomers, gelled throughout the season.

"They just played well together,'' he said, praising goalkeeper Taleesha Crone for her efforts in her second season guarding the net.

"They worked hard this year.''

Petersen wore a red and white wig as he sat outside the dugout urging his team to its 4-0 grand final victory over Wests.

"It gets the girls going, gets them into the spirit,'' he said of his distinctive hairpiece.

"I normally have the face paint on as well.''

The girls tied red and white balloons outside the dugout.

But it was their entertaining post-final team chant and jig that was most impressive.

The losing Wests team also displayed plenty of team spirit in joining a huddle and delivering a stirring chant.

In a wonderful moment on junior grand final day, the two opponents then came together as one in a huge circle on the Ipswich Hockey Complex main field.

Sportsmanship, friendship and mutual respect is alive and well in Ipswich hockey.

Saturday's win had special significance for 38-year-old Reserve grade player Petersen who had been with Norths since he was four.

His team lost last year's junior grand final 3-1 to Hancocks.

However, this year's team had the rare distinction of finishing unbeaten.

"It's good for the club,'' Petersen said holding back the tears.



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