Hockey: Kate Perrett snares state masters title

Kate Perrett celebrated a state title win with Tamworth at the recent women’s northern half-state masters championships at Coffs Harbour.

Kate Perrett (back second from right) with her Tamworth over-45s side after their state masters championship triumph.

Kate Perrett (back second from right) with her Tamworth over-45s side after their state masters championship triumph.

Perrett was part of the Tamworth over-45’s side that took out Division 2.

“It was a really fun weekend,” she said.

Tamworth were undefeated for the tournament and secured the silverware with a 5-1 win over Hunter Maitland in the final, turning around a 1-all draw when they met during the round games.

“I just loved how everyone was a team and to be honest I think that was why we did so well,” Perrett said.

“It was a great team effort, everyone contributed.”

Perrett, who captains Services in the local Tamworth competition, played centre half and was a key component of what was a very solid defensive unit.

“We only had two goals scored against us for the tournament,” she said.

She was also prominent in attack and managed to find the back of the net.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” she said.

A previous NSW masters representative, Perrett has been a regular at the state championships since 2010, but the weekend was a bit of a first for her.

“For me it was 29 years since I played on grass,” she said, adding that it was the first time at state level she has played on grass.

Accustomed to playing on synthetic these days, it provided a few challenges.

“It was interesting. You had to understand the ball is not going to go as far as you think, and just the bounce of the grass,” she said.

The Tamworth team was a blend of first, second and third grade players, and a mix of ages, with four of the side in their 50s. They faced Port Macquarie, Grafton, Newcastle, Hunter Maitland and Hunter Scone.