Sydney University Women’s Hockey Club missed out on a third successive Metro I title when they were defeated one-nil be Moorebank in the final at Olympic Park on Saturday.
Sydney University opened the match in attacking style but were soon restrained by the close marking and condensed style employed by Moorebank.
Midfielders Greta Hayes, Emma Scriven and Fiona Tout were hamstrung by the tactics and striker Nina Khoury was restricted in her chances.
Moorebank scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute and closed up shop from that point.
The Students did force 10 penalty corners but had few scoring shots as Moorebank nullified their space in the goal circle.
“We just weren’t able to finish,” Sydney University co-captain Nina Khoury said. “They condensed our space all over the field and we found it hard to play our attacking style. But, full credit to Moorebank, they stuck to their plan and frustrated us.”
Nina said despite missing out on the title, Sydney University had had a fantastic season, played some great hockey through good combinations and will hopefully turn out a strong side again next season for the Metro competition and for the Australian University Games.