ORANGE has finished its 2013 Hockey NSW under 18s indoor state championship campaign in sixth place.
The Orange girls won three of the five games played, narrowly missing out on a semi-finals place after a 2-1 loss to Dubbo in their final division two pool game at the Illawarra Credit Union Hockey Stadium, Unanderra.
Orange then lost its final match of the tournament 4-3 against Port Macquarie to finish sixth.
Coach Mark Pengilly was happy with the results, with the majority of the team finding the tough transition from field hockey to the indoor variety a little difficult.
“It can be tough when you come up against sides like Illawarra and they have an indoor competition,” Pengilly said.
“We sort of throw a team together and only really get the one training session to adjust to the changes.
“We only just missed out on the semi-finals.
“It’s a pretty good effort.”
Orange started the championship well, beating Illawarra (2) 3-2, Nepean 5-3 and Cessnock 3-nil.
But one-goal losses to both Bathurst and Port Macquarie ended their campaign well before the girls would have liked.
Pengilly, however, was rapt with the effort.
“We’re really happy with the way the girls played. They had to come back from a couple of goals down in some of those games. They showed plenty of determination,” the coach said.
Pengilly thought Tiff Atkinson was a standout for the Orange side. Not surprising given Atkinson netted 12 of the 15 goals scored throughout the championship.
“And Rach Pengilly and Ebony Press did well in defence,” he added.