It’s been proven. Lithgow is the hockey champion of the state. At least while our town has such a strong team of women to take Lithgow all the way to the state finals.
The Lithgow open women’s hockey team topped the Division 1 State Championships held at Moorebank on the June long weekend.
Not only did Lithgow win the competition, Lithgow player Abigail Wilson was named player of the tournament by NSW hockey selectors.
Abigail was responsible for 13 of Lithgow’s 20 goals scored throughout the competition.
Over six matches Lithgow met the opposition with ties or wins, conceding only seven goals.
Despite coming up against ex-Hockeyroos and development squad players, Lithgow women secured a place in the finals against North West Sydney.
In the first match against the Sydney team Lithgow drew 2-all.
Unsurprisingly, the final game was full of suspense.
At half-time Lithgow was behind North West Sydney 2-1. Three minutes into the second half Lithgow scored off a penalty corner.
By full time both teams were on two goals each and the match went into extra time to golden goal.
Each team took to the field for six minutes with only nine players. Within the first minute Lithgow was awarded a penalty corner, which they converted to win the game.
Team manager Leanne Bosman said she was extremely happy with Lithgow’s results.
“We just have a nice core of team players and young ones who are coming through,” Ms Bosman said.
“It was very, very strong hockey,” she said.
The team includes six players currently living in Lithgow and another nine locals who are working or studying out of town.
“They all are originally from Lithgow. Some of them are living in Canberra at the moment. It is a commitment to come play for us and give up the weekend to go away,” Ms Bosman said.
Lithgow women have been playing in the first division of the state championships since they won Division 2 in 2015. In 2016 they were the top ranked country team.
Ms Bosman believes most players will return to the Lithgow state team next year to defend its champion title.
Players: Clare Bosman,Tamika Bostock, Katie Dowler, Andrea Gillard, Katie Hamment, Samantha Hill, Keely Hunter, Rene Hunter, Hannah Kable, Brittany King, Amelia Leard, Shannon Legge, Dannii Lemcke, Jesse Luchetti, Abigail Wilson.