The Macquarie University Hockey Club have capped off their most successful season in history, winning three of four Grand Finals contested over a memorable weekend. The first title was won by the Men’s 1st Grade side, who claimed the Club’s first 1st Grade title in nineteen years. In an exciting encounter played before a large and noisy crowd, Macquarie Uni took an early lead thanks to a goal by Robbie Muir. Glebe hit back early in the second half to level the scores at 1-1. In a tense second half and with extra time looming, Macquarie were awarded a penalty with less than two minutes on the clock remaining. Robbie Muir calmly slotted his second goal sending the MacWarrior supporters into raptures. The team held on grimly and celebrated a memorable 2-1 victory.
Men’s 4th Grade were looking to add to their Minor Premiership with the Premiership title and looked in trouble early trailing 2-0 against Wests Ashfield. The team came out firing in the second half however and raced to a 3-2 lead. Wests hit back and for a large part of the second half the scores were locked at 3-3. Macquarie hit the front late in the second half to claim victory 4-3 in an amazing day for the Club. The scorers for 4th Grade were spread around, with Hemadri Bargoti, Luke Strudwick, Ian Jessup, Lenny Furtado all scoring a goal each.
On Sunday, it was time for the Women’s 1st and 2nd Grade to step up and take their shot at Premiership glory. In a tight tussle in 2nd Grade, Macquarie unfortunately went down to the strong Strikers team 2-1 to finish the season as Runners Up. Minna Boyle scored the sole goal for the MacWarriors.
The Women’s 1st Grade team after claiming the Minor Premiership and promotion to 2nd Division next season wanted to finish the year on a high with the title and came out firing against arch rivals UNSW. The match was hardly fought throughout with the MacWarriors coming out on top 2-1 to claim the Premiership double for Men’s and Women’s 1st Grade in 2013 for the first time for the Club. Sarah Miller, Claire Winnick were the goal scorers for the team.
All in all, the three Premierships capped off what has been a fantastic year for the Hockey Club which is going from strength to strength.