The Australian men’s hockey team, featuring four NSWIS athletes, has won its fifth successive Champions Trophy with a thrilling overtime win against The Netherlands.
A defensive display eventually gave way to the first goal, with The Netherlands striking first in the 18th minute to lead 1–0, before a goal to Australia in the 31st minute saw scores locked at 1–1 into the halftime break.
A tense second half followed with neither team being able to score the decider before the match was sent into extra time.
NSWIS athlete and 2012 Olympian Kieran Govers then proved to be the difference maker in extra-time, slotting the golden goal in the 75th minute to secure Australia’s Champions Trophy triumph for the fifth successive time.
Success on the slopes
NSWIS winter sport athletes Belle Brockhoff and Anton Grimus have signalled their intentions of a potential Winter Olympic berth with podium finishes at World Cup events in Austria and Canada, respectively.
With the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games just over 12 months away, Brockhoff won bronze to become the first Australian female to win a snowboard cross World Cup medal.
The talented 19-year-old navigated the difficult course to take bronze behind Dominique Maltais of Canada and Rafaella Brutto of Italy.
Also in action in Austria was NSWIS athlete and reigning world champion Alex Pullin, who finished fourth in his opening event of the men’s snowboard cross season.
Fellow NSWIS athlete Anton Grimus was also in medal winning form over the weekend, picking up bronze in the men’s ski cross. Competing at the ski cross World Cup event in Canada, Grimus crossed the line third to better his previous best finish of 10th place.
2012 Winter Olympian and NSWIS athlete Scott Kneller finished 12th in the same event in Canada.
St Lawrence on song
NSWIS athlete Ben St Lawrence has continued his good form in 2012 by being crowned Australian champion in the men’s 10,000m.
Lawrence clocked a time of 28:35.92 to finish behind Kenyan Emmanuel Bett; however, as the first Australian across the line, he was crowned national champion. Lawrence needs to run a ‘B’ qualifying time prior to the August 2013 deadline to secure his place at the 2013 IAAF Athletics World Championships.
Fellow NSWIS athlete Ian Rayson also competed strongly over the weekend, finishing second in the men’s 50km walk at Australian Racewalking Championships.
Rayson clocked an ‘A’ qualifying time of 4:00:29 to stake his claim for a spot at next year’s world championships.
Bowlers clean up
Five NSWIS bowls athletes have been crowned world champions following the conclusion of the 2012 Lawn Bowls World Championships in Adelaide.
Karen Murphy, Kelsey Cottrell, Natasha Van Eldik, Leif Selby and Aron Sherriff all climbed to the top of the medal dais as Australia won five gold and two silver medals from eight disciplines, the nation’s best-ever result at a world-championship event.
Murphy triumphed in the women’s singles before teaming up with Van Eldik to take gold in the women’s triples; Cottrell won gold in the women’s pairs; Selby triumphed in the men’s singles and Sherriff secured gold in the men’s fours.
Selby and Sherriff also teamed up to take silver in the men’s pairs, while Van Eldik and Cottrell were part of the quartet that finished eighth in the women’s fours.