Champions Cup 2014 Wrap Up
3 days of GREAT Roller Hockey and a Legend was recognised
The 2014 Champions Cup has the best players from Victoria and Queensland competing for their state.
Pee Wee & Youth
The Pee Wee’s (under 10 years of age) and the Youth division (under 14 years of age) displayed a fantastic talent from our new and young players. The Victorians won both divisions, however the teams played a great and fair competition and made new friends.
The Junior division was a well fought out between the 2 states where the final game was the decider of which team would win the gold medal. The Queenslanders came out on the winner after a hard fought match going right down to the last seconds. The final game was 3 goals Queensland to 2 to Victoria.
The senior men’s division has 6 teams participating and there were a number of surprises during the weekend. The Sth Queensland team were the current champions and were expected to be playing the in final to retain their title, however the Sth Queensland Masters were the surprise package taking an early win against their local rivals. After the loss it was always going to be a challenge for the Sth Qld team as they had to win every game to have a shot at the title. The final was played between Sth Queensland Masters and the Victorian Seniors mens team. The game and title was won by Victoria, a team that clearly demonstrated superior skill, tactics and physical conditioning. The Victorian team is collection of the best players from club teams in Victoria.
Cameron Boehm Captain of the team said “ We began training for the Champions Cup in May 2014 – 5 months before the competition started. We worked very hard on all aspects of the game. Our coach Stephen Hoey prepares each training session very well to ensure that we maximise our time on the floor to get the best results and make us ready to fight for our wins. Every player contributed to the title and our thanks also goes to our team manager and assistant coach Claudio Munoz , our head coach and the Victorian Junior and Masters teams who we regularly train and compete against, without them we would not have been as well prepared as we were”.
Leslie Karayan Legends Award
The 2014 Leslie Karayan Legends award was presented to Chris Shah for his contribution and commitment to Roller Hockey over the past 40 years. It was a great reflection on his career with a worthy winner indeed – congratulations Chris Shah
The Most Valuable Players for each division were:
Player: Marti Casanovas Poblet
Goal Keeper: Victor Casanovas Poblet
Player: Ash Clee
Goal Keeper: James Cook
Player: Max Cook
Goal Keeper: Cooper Bohlsen
Player: Ricardo Atraca
Goal Keeper: Jamie Bohlsen
On behalf of Roller Hockey Australia, hope to see you all next year!