MEREDITH and Edwina Bone have fallen marginally short of a women’s Australian Hockey League medal, the duo’s ACT Strikers outfit going down 3-1 against NSW in the bronze medal play-off.
Enjoying a strong tournament, captain Meredith and Hockeyroo gun Edwina helped lift the Canberra-based outfit to within striking distance of their best result at an AHL.
But the class of NSW proved too much.
Leading 1-nil from the 12th minute following a Kate Jenner goal, NSW was made to sweat a little when the Strikers jagged a goal through Shelley Watson at the 49-minute mark.
As quickly as they were back in the game, ACT was then out of it when captain Emily Smith converted a fourth-quarter brace in a five minute period.
It made the score 3-1 in NSW’s favour, and it didn’t change as the Arrows earned a bronze medal.
In the men’s AHL, the NSW men ended fifth after failing to earn a berth in the medal stages.
The Waratahs were dominant in the classification stage of the tournament, with the Nick Hill led blues outfit securing a commanding 7-nil victory, Hill slamming home the game’s final goal to cap his 2015 AHL campaign.
The Queensland Blades won the men’s AHL crown, while the Scorchers made it a double for the Queenslanders with a upset win over Victoria Vipers in the women’s final.