A strong second half performance has helped seal the gold medal for NSW State in the final of the boys Under 15s Australian Championships on Thursday.
Played at the Cooke Hockey Complex, NSW State burst out of the blocks against Tasmania to take a 2-0 lead after five minutes, but the visitors had equalised just a minute out from the end of the first quarter.
Yet NSW State were patient and found a goal in both the third quarter and fourth quarter to claim a 4-2 win.
NSW State captain Oskar Smith said the win was an "absolutely amazing" feeling.
"The boys dominated the whole game and I think we dominated the whole tournament, so it was only right to come away the win," he said after the match.
"I'm really proud of the boys, myself and the team."
After surrendering a two-goal lead in the first quarter, Smith said his team needed to go back to the basics.
"We needed to improve those basic skills as the stakes were so high," he said.
"We just needed to go back to what we had been training for for the past couple of months and find out strengths.
"We were down a little bit in ourselves but we just got back up and improved."
With both yellow cards handed to Nathan Marshall and Joshua Robson in the final 10 minutes, NSW State had to battle it out with just nine players.
"We played on the defensive, try to hold them out and it definitely worked. We made it work with nine players," Smith said.
Smith said he had spent his time at the championships sharing a room with Bathurst talent Ollie Bestwick and he said he's noticed how much he exceeded his expectations.
"He did really well. He even went above what I expected from him," he said.
"He's been in my room for the past week and I've enjoyed ever bit with him. I think he's had that drive within himself to perform at his home ground."
NSW State finished the championships undefeated, with the team's striker Joshua Robson topping the chart with 10 goals, with six of them field goals and four of them coming from penalty corners.
NSW State was the second highest scoring team with 28 goals.
- NSW STATE 4 (Joshua Robson 3', 38', Ethan Nicholls 5', Henry Tyree 51') defeated TASMANIA 2 (Oliver Stebbings 9', 14')
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