Waimea College's girls' hockey team after winning the tournament in Ashburton last week.

Waimea’s golden hockey girls win


Waimea College’s hockey programme continues to produce top players and results, with the girls team defeating Epsom Girls’ Grammar School 3-2 in the final of the Audrey Timlin Memorial trophy in Ashburton on Friday.

Waimea College has already produced two women’s Black Stick Olympians, Anita McLaren and Kelsey Smith, this year and last week it was the turn of the next generation of the college’s hockey girls to shine.

And that happened when Jaime Rushbrooke scored the winning goal in the golden-goal extra-time to win the final in Ashburton.

Incredibly it was the second golden-goal win for Waimea at the tournament.

Waimea had earlier scored a golden-goal in extra-time to beat Wanganui Collegiate in a tense semi-final.

Waimea led 2-0 at half time against Epsom after goals to Jess Kelly, through a penalty corner, and Julia Edwards, who scored from a penalty stroke.

However, Epsom fought back, scoring twice, to send the game into extra-time before Jaime scored the golden-goal winner following a fast break and pass by Jess.

Waimea College, which finished the tournament unbeaten, had won the Tasman secondary schools tournament at Saxton Turf  in August.