A Southland Hockey side dominated by Eastern Southland players has conquered all at the opposite end of the country.
The Southland senior women’s team won the national senior women’s tournament in Whangarei last week.
It is the first time Southland has won the tournament since the 1960s.
Southland co-captain Latoya Grant rated the moment highly.
“No-one in the team could remember whether a Southland team had won the tournament before. It wasn’t until we looked on the back of the shield to see we last won it in 1967.”
She said the team faced a few different challenges throughout the tournament, including the warmer temperatures up north.
Grant said the side exceeded its own expectations to win the tournament.
“We were very happy with the result. I thought we would do well, with the aim of making the top four and [the] ultimate goal to make the final.”
She put the team’s effort down to working really well as a team.
The side was all Eastern Southland players with the exception of one from Invercargill.
Southland beat Canterbury 3-1 in a shootout after finishing 0-0 in the final of the tournament on Friday.
Grant said the result was a fair reflection of the game.
Southland co-captain Aimee Heaps said the side felt it was a good chance at the tournament after coming fourth last year.
“When you go away for a tournament it is always good to get the result with a bunch of mates. It was pretty special,” Heaps said.
Megan Winsloe finished top of the scoring charts for the tournament, scoring seven goals.