Bathurst miss out on finals at Under 18s Boys Hockey Championships

BATHURST were in the hunt throughout all their matches at the Under 18s Boys Hockey Championships but played out a winless campaign on their home turf.

GIVE ME THAT: Tyler Willott fights for possession against a Parkes opponent during their match on Saturday.

GIVE ME THAT: Tyler Willott fights for possession against a Parkes opponent during their match on Saturday.

The hosts finished with two draws and three losses from their division two campaign at Cooke Hockey Complex but despite the tough results they avoided relegation.

COMING THROUGH: Luke Rosewarn on the ball for Bathurst in their Saturday clash against Parkes at Cooke Hockey Complex.

COMING THROUGH: Luke Rosewarn on the ball for Bathurst in their Saturday clash against Parkes at Cooke Hockey Complex.

Bathurst went down 2-0 to eventual grand finalists Grafton on Friday before drawing 1-all with Illawarra South Coast 2 later in the day.

SUPER STOPPER: Bathurst's goalkeeper Corey Mark was one of the best for his team across the tournament.

SUPER STOPPER: Bathurst's goalkeeper Corey Mark was one of the best for his team across the tournament.

The hosts endured a tough Saturday’s play which consisted of losses to Parkes (1-0) and eventual winners Sydney South (3-0).

As the results would suggest, Bathurst were in the winning frame throughout their matches but couldn’t find the decisive blow.

TOUGH MATCHES: Rowan Hamer and the Bathurst divsion two team finished seventh overall at the Boys Under 18s State Hockey Championships. The team had two draws and three losses over the competition. Photos: PHIL BLATCH

TOUGH MATCHES: Rowan Hamer and the Bathurst divsion two team finished seventh overall at the Boys Under 18s State Hockey Championships. The team had two draws and three losses over the competition. Photos: PHIL BLATCH

It left them with a match against the other pool’s fourth place finisher, Canberra, which ended in a 2-all draw.

“We were winning 1-0 against Illawarra South Coast with 30 seconds to go before they equalised,” Bathurst coach Niel Howard said.

DOUBLE THE FUN: William Searl and Parkes finished with two wins, including one against host side Bathurst.

DOUBLE THE FUN: William Searl and Parkes finished with two wins, including one against host side Bathurst.

“That was a bit of a downer for the boys. Our game against Grafton ended up being the least amount of goals Grafton would score against anyone [excluding the grand final], and our match against them was only 1-0 with two minutes to go.

“Even though we didn’t win the boys were playing really well. We were in the contest the whole time.”

RECOVERY: Lachlan Howard came off the ground injured during the competition. He's hoping to be back for CHS action.

RECOVERY: Lachlan Howard came off the ground injured during the competition. He's hoping to be back for CHS action.

Howard was impressed with the way Bathurst fought against a quality Sydney South squad, who would go on to beat Grafton 2-1 in the final.

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Fletcher Norris was one of several younger players in Bathurst's under 18s team.

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Fletcher Norris was one of several younger players in Bathurst's under 18s team.

“It wasn’t a flogging and they had to work hard for their goals. Corey Mark, who as I’ve said before I believe is one of the best goalkeepers in Bathurst, showed that on the weekend,” he said.

“The other pool was definitely an easier one but you don’t pick and choose that.

PARKES PREVAIL: Dylan Mitchell and the Parkes boys enjoyed a 1-0 win over hosts Bathurst on Saturday.

PARKES PREVAIL: Dylan Mitchell and the Parkes boys enjoyed a 1-0 win over hosts Bathurst on Saturday.

“We did everything except put the ball in the goal over the weekend. If we had done that then things would have been different.

ASSISTANCE: Dubbo local Hayden Lew was a welcome inclusion in the Bathurst team for their campaign.

ASSISTANCE: Dubbo local Hayden Lew was a welcome inclusion in the Bathurst team for their campaign.

“It’s disappointing not to win a game but it’s still a young side.”