CYMS' Pip Mannix was superb at the Hockey Australia Under-18 Girls' National Championship at Hobart this week and helped her NSW side claim the bronze medal but the state's second-string side, the Blues, completely stole the show.
While Mannix's top NSW side lost just two games on their way to third, one of which happened to be at Queensland's hands in the semi-final that relegated them to the bronze medal match, the Blues stunned the entire competition by earning a miraculous grand final berth.
Considering the second-string NSW outfit is made up of largely bottom-age players and has a developmental focus, it's some achievement.
They went agonisingly close to pulling off the most remarkable of championship wins too but sadly fell just short against Queensland, going down 3-2 in an absolute thriller on Wednesday morning.
After a scoreless opening half the Blues actually looked likely of an upset win after taking a 1-nil lead through Macy Carrothers at the 45-minute mark, but the maroons roared home.
Although the Blues added another goal in the fourth and final quarter, the maroons rifled in three to claim a come-from-behind, gold medal win.
Mannix's side romped home in the bronze medal match, taking down Victoria 5-nil on the back of a Helena Tobbe double, while Parkes' India Draper also found the back of the net.
NSW lost 4-nil to the eventual champions in the semi-finals, having progressed to the final four in second spot after downing Western Australia (3-1), Northern Territory (12-1), South Australia (4-nil) and the ACT (4-nil), while dropping their clash with Victoria (1-nil) in the pool stage.
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