Our girls do us proud

The Barossa Valley Hockey Association was well represented at the State Country Championships, finishing runners-up in the women’s competition.

After a dominant tournament up until the final, the Barossa girls conceded just one goal on their path to the final against Lower South East.

Women’s coach Danni Casey said that their tournament was ‘top notch’.

"It was top notch, absolutely couldn't fault them at all," she said.

COACH: Danni Casey.

COACH: Danni Casey.

“If you asked me to pick out a best player, I couldn’t pick out a best player.

“It was one unit, they played as one unit.”

However, the girls were left ‘disappointed’ after the 2-0 defeat to Lower South East, but Casey said that the girls are all focused for 2018.

"They were really disappointed, they were disappointed that they couldn't bring it home, but they are very driven to try again next year and come back strong and harder," she said.

“We had plenty of opportunities, we just couldn’t get that goal.”

Casey could not pick out particular players who performed, admiring a team performance.

“Everyone did their bit, and certain people did things that I asked them,” she said.

“It’s hard not to mention them all.

“Coaching this team of highly skilled players rates as one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had as a coach.”

Casey said the united atmosphere of the team can only benefit the BVHA.

“The friendships that were made while striving for a common goal over the two solid days will be held, respected and I know will grow even stronger moving forward,” she said.

“This in turn will add huge value to the culture of the BVHA women’s competition and the Barossa hockey community in general.”