After last year coming home with two winning trophies the squad was expecting to do well an it started off with a bang when the Men’s team won all of its games through to the quarter final stage only to go out to a Victorian side packed with talent 5-3. The team even defeated the tournament winner NSW 7-3 in their group match which shows the high level they reached throughout.
It was then on to the juniors and once again a big Tasmanian contingent traveled with over 100 kids leaving the shores and taking on their more fancied rivals.
10 Boys –
A new bunch of kids with little experience managed fantastic success and with some fighting spirit came away with two wins and a lot of experience, the squad was made up of 8 and 9 year olds who will again compete in the same age group next year which will be a very exciting prospect.
Standout: Jacob King
11 Boys –
Tasmania had two sides in this competition and were very unlucky not to go further than they did with both teams undefeated until the last day of competition where they were knocked out in quarter and semi final stages respectively. The talent in this age group is astounding and it will not be a surprise if these kids were to join forces and bring home the bacon next year.
Standouts: Nic Drew, Baxter Norton and Mark Ortmann
Players who made the All Star Squad: Baxter Norton
12 Boys –
An outstanding side made up of players from around the state this team fell short at the final hurdle and missed the semi finals on goal difference which was a hard thing to swallow.
Standouts: Chris Howard, Tom Marshall and Raffael Frediani
15 Boys –
With a huge squad and a huge amount of games this side was always in with a shout and were very unlucky, with two players from the championship winning 13 Boys side last year they had the fiepower but managed to miss out by one point on a semi final birth. If they had made it anything was possible. Captain Yosef Kolele was outstanding throughout the tournament and rewarded with all star selection.
Standouts: Yosef Kolele, Joshua Dingjan
Players who made All Star Squad: Yosef Kolele
12 Girls –
A mixture of girls were assembled and fought hard throughout but managed just the one win which was a huge surprise.
Standouts: Olivia McKee
13 Girls –
Our only grand finalist this year looked as though they would finally break their duck after three runner up finishes in the last three national titles, with everything in their favor and the strongest team somehow the girls managed to put in their worst performance of the tournament in the grand final. It was a real shame but individual performances throughout the tournament were superb and I am sure they will go one step closer again next year.
Standouts: Zoe Nichols, Gemma Terry and Kacee Ponting
Players who made All Star Squad: Zoe Nichols, Gemma Terry and Kacee Ponting
14 Girls –
Pit in a really tough group the girls did a really good job and were competitive throughout picking up a couple of wins in the process. Poor finishing cost them in several games.
Standouts: Lauren Grant, Bronte Davison and Stacie Hutchinson
Players who made All Star Squad: Lauren Grant