Snape guides Blues to title

BRUCE Snape has guided the NSW over 60s team to its third straight national masters hockey title.

The Gloucester local captained the side that went unbeaten through the tournament.

In the opening match NSW defeated South Australia 6-nil, before recording wins against the ACT (4-nil), Western Australia (5-2) and WA Country (5-nil).

A nil-all draw against Victoria proved no more than a minor hiccup as consecutive victories against Queensland booked the side a place in the grand final.

The final against Western Australia was a tight affair, but the Blues eventually prevailed to claim the trophy 3-1.

Bruce was named the tournament Best and Fairest.

He was chosen to skipper the over 60s Australian team that will travel to the world championships in Amsterdam in The Netherlands in May next year.

Bruce was also the recipient of the first Laurie Lewis Memorial Trophy.

Laurie was a long term supporter of hockey in Melbourne and never missed a match. 

Laurie’s son Geoff plays for Victoria and his family donated a trophy to perpetuate Laurie's memory. 

The trophy is to be played for at each national championships in the over 60s Victoria versus NSW match. 

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