Cressfield and Cruisers crowned champions in 2019 Scone Hockey season

AFTER fighting long and hard all season for a spot in the grand final, only one team can walk away victorious, and on Saturday those champions were determined as Scone Hockey held its final match day.

There were five different grades, with teams from under 11s, under 17s, women's B grade, women's A grade and men's A grade all taking to the field for their shot at glory.

At the highest level of women's hockey in Scone, it was the Cruises who walked away with the title, defeating Cressfield in a toughly fought game that resulted in a 3-1 scoreline, with neither side giving up much defensively.

It was even tighter in the men's decider, as Cressfield ensured the club still took home a piece of silverware, grinding out a 1-0 victory over Muswellmotive, who were just unable to break through an impressive backline.

RSL enjoyed the equal-most comfortable win of the day - if that term even exists in grand finals - by putting three past Keever's Cougars in the women's second division, while keeping a clean sheet for themselves.

The match up between the elder of the non-senior sides was the polar opposite though, with club secretary Kim Parkinson even making comment on the tense finish to the junior's fixture.

"Game of the day would have been the under 17s grand final - coming down to the last minutes for the box to be found by Clovers," she stated.

"As always, everyone brings there best to play for the winner's trophy.

"This was displayed in all games, keeping the sideline on their toes not knowing what the end result will be."

Despite a large disparity in size between some players, with aspiring talents as young as 8-years-old taking people twice their age, the gap in quality was minuscule.

It was often a tale of strength versus pace as the younger, leaner players charged up field with precision while the bigger bodies attempted to use their power to surge the ball forward.

Eventually they defeated the Bannanas in a colourful affair which included the referees dressing as fairies and the coaches roaming the sidelines in onesies.

Meanwhile for the real youngsters in the under 11s division, it was the Purple Burns who walked away smiling after getting the better of Bubble Gum with a 4-1 scoreline.

Parkinson said that despite a number of other events taking place on the weekend, she was pleased with the day.

"Grand final day for hockey is where all players, family and friends come together to support those playing and also to attend the presentation," she said.

"With the weather cooler this year and the winds, together with another major sporting grand final being played in the area, numbers for spectating were down but the atmosphere was high."

She said the organisation was already thinking about next year, with preparations likely to begin in February with an AGM and the season set to commence in early April.

Parents and the committee were given thanks for their ability to step in throughout the year and help the 2019 campaign run smoothly.

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