The Port Lincoln Hockey Association men’s team has won its first ever state title at the State Country Championships held in Adelaide at the weekend.
The association entered men’s and women’s teams into the championships held at the State Hockey Centre.
The boys started strong defeating usual rivals Whyalla 3-nil. They continued their great teamwork in game two defeating Yorke Peninsula 2-0.
The next game saw the locals receive their sole defeat against the Riverland 1-2. In true Port Lincoln spirit the boys went into the last game of the first day with great determination and got the job done defeating a strong Barossa Valley side 2-1.
Day two started with Port Lincoln facing Lower South East, which ended in a 1-1 draw. With a very tight competition and a few teams on one loss and one draw a spot in the finals would be determined by goal difference.
Needing a big win to boost their goal percentage Port Lincoln took on Tatiara in their last minor round match, the Lincoln boys made it rain goals defeating the opposition 11-0.
Now came the wait, had they done enough to make the final, as only the top two teams play off.
Confirmation came through, Port Lincoln had made the final, against the Riverland, the only team they had lost to all tournament.
Hockey SA live streamed the finals on their Facebook page, and with lots of local support watching back home and in the crowd at the stadium, Port Lincoln played the game of their lives.
Riverland scored with just a few minutes remaining in the first half. Lincoln rallied in the break and scored the equaliser six minutes into the second half.
With both teams attacking hard and fast, the goal keepers kept their sides in the game with some amazing saves.
With some pure brilliance, Port Lincoln's Josh Kennewell scored the goal of the tournament, running the back line beating multiple defenders and slotting one home with a few minutes left on the clock.
Port Lincoln sealed the victory with a third goal with less than a minute remaining. Final score Port Lincoln 3 def Riverland 1.
Port Lincoln's Josh Kennewell was awarded the player of the final award.