VICKI Askew-Thornton celebrated the final match of her hockey career with a premiership.
Askew-Thornton was part of the Saints side which beat Strikers 5-0 in the Warrnambool District Hockey Association women’s grand final at Albert Park on Saturday.
The Warrnambool hockey stalwart yesterday confirmed she would retire from the sport which had become a weekend ritual for years.
“I’ve played for a long time. The body has had enough. I thought it was time to go out,” Askew-Thornton said.
She hit the last goal of the convincing victory, which allowed Saints to cap off the minor premiership with a flag.
Emerging teenager Madi Ratcliffe opened the scoring and Kym Rowe grabbed a second before half-time.
Goals from Ratcliffe, Cobie Canny and Askew-Thornton then put the result beyond doubt after the interval.
Midfielder Merran Fyfe earned best afield honours, while Ratcliffe and Rowe were also among the best.
Phoebe Webb, who suffered a broken nose in the second half, and Maddie Toogood were Strikers’ best.
Askew-Thornton described the win as “a complete team effort” which was masterminded by coach Chris Ratcliffe.
“We pulled out one of our best games for the season on grand final day,” she said.
“We used the whole field, we used every player and I thought our penalty corners were spot on, which is something that’s been a bit hot-and-cold all season.”
The WDHA under 17 premiership went the way of Technique, which defeated Storm 2-0 in the first grand final of the day.
Matt Hoy and Tim Chenoweth scored either side of half-time to secure the win for the minor premier.
Captain Brody Welding, goal keeper Noah Hetherington, Bonnie Arnel and Sammy Bennetts were also among the best players.
Storm’s best were Maddie Toogood, Indi Crabbmore, Ben Huf and Ben Russell.
Saint Mariners won the WDHA under 15 grand final on Friday night, edging Pirates in a penalty shoot-out 4-1.
Saint Mariners goal keeper Brock Barby was the hero, conceding only one goal in the shoot-out.