Hockey: Tacking Point Thunder take out 2017 Port Macquarie-Hastings Hockey Association A-grade women's grand final

Classy player: Tacking Point Thunder's Annika Toohey goes for a run in their A-grade women's grand final win on Saturday. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Classy player: Tacking Point Thunder's Annika Toohey goes for a run in their A-grade women's grand final win on Saturday. Photo: Ivan Sajko

TACKING Point Thunder took out the Port Macquarie-Hastings Hockey Association A-grade women’s grand final on Saturday.

In a highly entertaining season decider, they edged out minor premiers Port City 2-1 to complete a third-straight premiership success.

Goals to Julie Witchard and Annika Toohey proved the difference after Port City scored the first goal.

Port City captain Louise Oirbans said the level of hockey on show was worthy of an A-grade grand final.

“Every time we play each other, the games go up another notch,” she said.

“Overall both teams played very well and it was the level that A-grade should be.”

In her first year playing hockey in Port Macquarie, Oirbans said both teams would have challenged teams from other associations on the Mid North Coast.

“I’ve played a bit of hockey at a high level and both our teams would have matched teams from Taree,” she said.

Every time we play each other, the games go up another notch.

Tacking Point Thunder captain Louise Oirbans

“That’s the level we want to be playing here in Port Macquarie.”

Toohey’s second-half penalty stroke put Thunder in front and they held on despite a nervous closing few minutes.

“The girls just showed a level of commitment, want, passion, pride to want to play for Tacking Point Thunder in a grand final,” Oirbans said.