What a beauty: Loyal Wests men end title drought
AFTER securing their first A2 grand final success since 1990, a group of Wests mates shared in a memorable achievement.
The team that beat Hancocks 3-1 on Friday night included club president Jack Farmer and a number of players loyal to the Magpies.
Wests had a terrific season winning the mid-season final and minor premiership before wrapping up the grand final.
Goalkeeper Warren Zumbansen was named player of the final for an outstanding game.
Wests centre half Paul Duncalfe was named player of the year in the A2 competition.
"We're all close mates, through hockey and fishing,'' captain Jeff Pamenter said, highlighting the team's 17 wins in a row.
"We finished third the last two seasons and ticked all the boxes this year.
"It was a good season.''
Pamenter said Hancocks put up a great fight in the first half with the scores level at 1-1 before Wests found some winning momentum.
Pamenter had an extra reason to enjoy the occasion as the Wests players and their supporters set up camp on the hill overlooking Ipswich Hockey's main turf field.
"I played the juniors and that (Friday night) was my first grand final,'' the captain said.
"I played for about 10 years, had 20 years off then come back and that was the first grand final I played in and we took it out. It was a beauty.''
The successful Wests A2 team was coached by Steve Timperley with Jodie Zumbansen as his assistant.