BIG HIT: Cities Brodie Latham playing against the All Blacks in the men’s Division 1 hockey final.
BIG HIT: Cities Brodie Latham playing against the All Blacks in the men’s Division 1 hockey final. Mike Knott BUNMENSHOCK

Latham dominant in final

AN OLD Bundaberg sporting rivalry had another exciting chapter written in its history at the weekend when Cities belted All Blacks 7-3 in the men's Division 1 hockey grand final at Hinkler Park.

Whenever the two clubs clash in the men's Division 1 hockey competition there is always fireworks.

And the 2015 season decider was no different.

Cities exploded in the first half when it found the back of the box time after time to take a 5-1 lead at half-time and the goals came from somewhere captain-coach Jerry Burtt didn't expect, or plan for.

Penalty corners have been a problem area all season for Cities and Burtt was surprised to have five of the seven goals come from penalties.

Burtt said the start of the game was outstanding from both teams and he was shocked to have All Blacks come back so hard.

After losing the 2014 grand final 2-1 to Rovers there was a sense of revenge about the way Cities approached the game and with player of the game Brody Latham in great touch the win could be one of many for Cities in the coming seasons.

"We redeemed ourselves from last year and if we kept the team together we would have plenty more (premierships) in us," Burtt said.

"The win was good - when you worked all year and get the trophy it was what we wanted."

Along with Latham, Burtt praised the effort of his team's defenders, especially goalkeeper Brenden Weller who made some fantastic saves during the game.



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