Bathurst ends state championships campaign on a high note

BATHURST has finished fifth at the Hockey NSW Women’s Open Field State Championships at Narellan thanks to a thrilling 3-2 result against Central Coast.

The Bathurst women were unfortunate not to book a place in the semi-finals and would have to settle for a fifth place playoff against Central Coast on Monday afternoon.

CLOSE FINISH: Kristy Ekert's post-siren penalty stroke gave Bathurst a 3-2 win over Central Coast at the Hockey NSW Women’s Open Field State Championships. The result meant Bathurst finished in fifth. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

CLOSE FINISH: Kristy Ekert's post-siren penalty stroke gave Bathurst a 3-2 win over Central Coast at the Hockey NSW Women’s Open Field State Championships. The result meant Bathurst finished in fifth. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Thanks to a late surge Bathurst broke the deadlock.

Kristy Ekert’s post-siren penalty stroke delivered her team the result they craved.

In a positive sign for Bathurst’s team, the two associations who topped their pool – Metro South West 1 and Nepean 1 – played out the final.

“I was pretty happy with the way the girls finished up,” coach Jye Bunt said.

“The last game probably wasn’t our best but we still did enough to get the win. In the last five minutes we really began to apply the pressure.

“After the weekend they’ve had, where they’ve been playing so well, you don’t want to finish up with a loss. There’s nothing big position-wise to play for but you’re still out there playing for pride.”

The Bathurst squad went 2-0 up courtesy of a pair of short corners but couldn’t keep out Central Coast.

Ekert’s second goal of the day, found after the fourth quarter’s conclusion, ensured Bathurst would end on a high note.

The last game probably wasn’t our best but we still did enough to get the win.

Jye Bunt

Bathurst ended their pool stage with wins over Sydney East (8-0) and Lithgow (5-2), a draw against Nepean 1 (2-all) and a loss to Metro South West 1 (3-0).

Those result left Bathurst just a point away from Narellan and a point off a semi-finals appearance.

“I think if we had got to the semi-finals then we could have been playing one more game after that but that’s how it goes,” Bunt said.

“I couldn’t say that there was a standout all competition for us. They all played so well as a team.”