Riley's superb six-goal haul inspires remarkable comeback
HOCKEY: A magnificent comeback with all six goals from one player in an awe-inspiring performance.
What a perfect way to cap off this year's Ipswich junior grand finals where Norths were one of four clubs to share in the end of season glory.
Norths' stunning 6-4 C-Grade victory denied Wests their third title from four grand finals on Saturday at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
However, Wests proved their junior development focus is working with victories in E-Grade and D-Grade girls, along with runners-up efforts in C-Grade girls and the remarkable top grade boys' final.
Player of the future Riley Profke led the way in the C-Grade thriller, scoring all six goals for his team.
His attacking prowess featured a number of superb tomahawk strikes from acute angles that would have made any senior hockey player satisfied.
The Norths captain inspired the fightback after Wests led 3-1 at halftime.
"It was amazing,'' a delighted but relieved Norths coach Luke Brown said the quality junior encounter.
"It was a great game of hockey, especially for a junior team and it was Wests as well. They played exceptionally well at the same time.
"It's a very rare occasion that you see a team come back from halftime 3-1 down and still win 6-4.''
Wests were on track for victory at the break after goals by Arnell Saric-Parmenter, Nich-olas Brown and Rhys Stenzel.
But as often happens in sports like hockey, leading by two goals is not enough to be confident in the second half.
Profke's brilliant skills from playing in the Ipswich and Brisbane competitions shone through.
His fourth goal drew the scores level before he put Norths in front for the first time.
Even copping a knock on his hand failed to slow the Queensland junior representative down.
"He's amazing,'' the Norths coach said. "He's scored some-thing like 33 goals this year in 17 games.''
Profke's tomahawk strikes left his coach in awe.
"The one from the backline, I've never seen a goal like that,'' Brown said.
"Being so young and with a talent like that, he's going to go far.''
The captain's effort completed a terrific team performance that shut down Wests when they were on top.
"You've got to play as a team. It's all a team sport,'' Brown said.
"You've got to pass the ball around. Use your teammates no matter what skill level they are and they usually are able to do it.''
It was the second year Brown coached the side and his first premiership as a junior coach.
Third-placed Norths made the grand final after knocking out minor premiers Easts.
"That's the way to go, the hard way,'' Brown said, pleased with his teenage team's strong finish to the season.
"They are a great bunch of boys.
"You can't ask for too much more . . . it's really good.''
While Profke's six-goal haul was something special, it was not a record in junior finals.
Another terrific effort was centre forward Steele Jackwitz's seven goals for Hancocks in the previous weekend's E-Grade preliminary final win over Easts Black.
Like Profke, Jackwitz scored all his team's goals in that match.
Easts, Wests and Hancocks share in grand final glory - more special stories and great photos in tomorrow's Junior Sport section.
JUNIOR HOCKEY HONOUR BOARD
Team of the year: Wests E-Grade girls.
C-Grade boys grand final: Norths 6 (Riley Profke 6) def Wests 4 (Arnell Saric-Parmenter, Nicholas Brown, Rhys Stenzel). Players of the final: Riley Profke (Norths), Dylan Davis (Wests).
C-Grade girls grand final: Thistles 1 (Jannali Davidson- Fewquandie) def Wests 0. Players of the final: Jannali Davidson-Fewquandie (Thistles), Kiana-Lynne McPeake (Wests).
D-Grade boys grand final: Easts 8 (Lachlan Savage 2, Samuel Savage 2, Mitchall Tange 2, Aiden Hansen, Ryan Pickering) def Combos 3 (Aston Jackwitz 2, Emmit Styles-McKinnon). Players of the final: Ryan Pickering (Easts), Tom Savage (Combos).
D-Grade girls grand final: Wests 1 (Sophie D'Castro) def Swifts 0. Players of the final: Sophie D'Castro (Wests), Hayley Petersen (Swifts).
E-Grade boys grand final: Hancock Brothers 4 (Christian Fox-White 2, Steele Jackwitz 2) def Easts Gold 3 (Nicholas Morris, Trent Brooks, Nate Cappellano) in extra-time. Players of the final: Matthew Adams (Hancocks), Nicholas Morris (Easts Gold).
E-Grade girls grand final: Wests 2 (Tamara-Jane McPeake, Layla Payne) def Swifts 0. Players of the final: Gemma Winterford (Wests), Aleisha Meloury (Swifts).
Junior Players of the Year: Male: Daimon Bell. Female: Hayley Petersen. Runners-up: Male - Riley Profke. Female: Lile Lenaghan.
Junior Umpires of the Year: Male: Zac Profke. Female: Abby Eleison. Runners-up: Male: Zachary Eleison. Female: Ashley Hansen.