In another State of Origin clash NSW beat Queensland 4-3 in the final of the Australian Under 21 Championships at the Illawarra Hockey Centre last Friday.
Albion Park’s Blake Govers put the Blues ahead in the second minute before he added the second from a penalty corner. Isaac Farmilo scored the third, leading NSW 3-0 into the break.
Joel Rintala reduced the deficit in the 37th minute before Nathan Stewart increased NSW’s lead to 4-1. QLD scored twice more but the Blues had already kept a hold on the game.
" It was a tough game in the second half when we lost one player but my boys played their best and achieved the win, " Livermore said post match.
Earlier, the NSW women won their national Under 21 title beating WA 2-1. Gerringong's Grace Stewart was the star of the game scoring the opening goal in the 6th minute from a penalty corner and then the winner after WA had levelled 1-1.
Railway Greys duo Riley and Maddison Smith also played.