The NSW Waratahs, with six Illawarra players in their line-up, had a shaky start in the opening round of the national hockey league, losing 6-4 to Queensland in Sydney last Saturday.
The six were Park’s Kieran and Blake Govers and Jack Hayes, University’s Tristan White and Flynn Ogilvie and Fairy Meadow’s Daine Richards making his debut in the Blues team. It was a disappointing performance by the Blues who were completely outclassed by the Maroons who ran all over them save for the last quarter. The Blues had no less than eight Kookaburras in their team including Illawarra’ own Govers brothers, White and Ogilvie and Australian triallist Jack Hayes.
The Maroons raced to a 5-2 lead at the break with Blake Govers hitting back in the second half with two penalty corners but missing a penalty stroke which could have turned the game at 5-4.
In the women’s round, the NSW Arrows beat Queensland 5-3 with Gerringong’s Hockeyroo Grace Stewart scoring two goals for a good win.
The Blues next travel to Tasmania to face the Tigers this weekend but will play without their national players who will be involved in a training camp in Perth.