Warrnambool College girls' hockey team praised for effort

WARRNAMBOOL College intermediate girls’ coach Lyn Lanman praised her side, despite its winless hockey state finals campaign yesterday.

The Bullants lost two games and had a draw at the School Sport Victoria state finals at Melbourne State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Lanman said she was proud of her team for making the final day.

Two pool groups of four played off for the two finals spots.

“For the team we brought away, we did very well,” she said.

“We took a very young side away and were very competitive.”

Warrnambool College lost its opening game to Melbourne Girls’ College 3-1 and then went down to Kerang Technical College 1-0.

It finished with a one-all draw with Cheltenham Secondary College.

Lanman said Madi Ratcliffe and Claire Kane were the Bullants’ best and singled out goal keeper Athyra Zimmer for restricting the opposition to five goals across three matches.

“She stepped in for the school and she was amazing,” Lanman said.

“She played as goalie, which is the toughest position on the pitch.

“She’s played for the school two or three times but hasn’t played a lot of hockey.

“It’s hard to get people to play that position and she does it no qualms.”

Lanman said it took a lot of effort to organise school sports trips to Melbourne.

She said it would be nice to host state events in Warrnambool, although she admitted the players enjoyed playing at Melbourne State Netball and Hockey Centre, which she described as the “MCG for hockey”. 

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