PORT Macquarie didn't lose a game all tournament, but they still had to go home before the grand final.
That was how unlucky their under-13 girls team were at the NSW state hockey titles at Parkes last weekend.
Jarrod Smith's team only conceded four goals in five games.
Due to their lower-ranked position after the round games where they finished second to Far North Coast, a 0-all draw with host club Parkes meant they had to pack their bags and hit the highway.
"The girls played outstanding and were really unlucky; they didn't lose a game all weekend," Smith said.
"The game against Parkes in the final demonstrated that we're competitive at that level and the consistent level of hockey the girls played was really pleasing."
Port Macquarie beat Canberra (1-0) in their opening game on grass and New England (3-1) before they had three draws (with Far North Coast, New England and Parkes).
While Smith was disappointed not to progress further into the competition he couldn't fault the effort of his team.
"It would have been lovely to make the grand final, but you know what it is when you walk in," he said.
"We didn't have a goalkeeper, so we picked up a girl from Lithgow who was outstanding between the sticks."
Georgia Drewitt and Alana Toogood were two players that impressed the coach with their effort over the weekend.
"Georgia was outstanding at the back and Alana significantly improved her game as well," Smith said.
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