Unbeaten Manning wins State crown

MANNING didn't have a goal scored against them in winning the State division two under 13 girl's hockey championship in Orange.

This means the side goes to division one next year, although some players will move into the under 15 age division..

Manning played two matches on the opening day and two the following to win their pool.

This included a 12-0 win over Crookwell. The side then came up against Orange in the semi-final. Orange eliminated Manning last year.

Manning prevailed on this occasion 2-0 to set up a showdown against New England in the final. The sides played a 0-0 draw in the pool games.

Manning only had one sub for the game as a player came down with a virus overnight and was unable to play

The final was also a hard fought affair, with Manning netting the winning goal 10 minutes from fulltime.

"It was a great effort - all the players went really well and I'm proud of them all,'' coach Leanne Yarnold said.

Leanne added that centre defender, Georgia Tran defended strongly and encouraged her team-mates while centre mid fielder Emma Yarnold controlled play with great talking and defence.

Centre striker Lara Watts created a lot of gaps up front.

Younger players Bree Pensini and Kalani Cross both played up front and hassled their defenders. As preparation the side played in the State under 15 championships in Taree last month and won the 'play to the whistle' award.

The Manning side was Aleah Clark (goalie), Georgia Tran, Bella- Rose McIntosh, Madeline Betts, Brianna Williams, Emma Yarnold (captain), Jordan Moscat, Paige Webster, Priya Bourke, Makayla Cornall, Lara Watts, Bree Pensini, Kalani Cross.

Leanne Yarnold was coach with Ashley Harry assistant.

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