Wide Bay Thunder wins Super League hockey title

Britt Noffke top scored for Wide Bay Thunder at the tournament

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Wide Bay Thunder won the women's Poligras Super League hockey championship after defeating Brisbane Blitz in a tight final at the State Hockey Centre. Photo: sportspics.com.au

Wide Bay Thunder has won the women's Poligras Super League hockey championship after defeating Brisbane Blitz in a tight final at the State Hockey Centre.

The Thunder team comprising players from Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Fraser Coast won the final 1-0 to claim its first state title since 2014.

Britt Noffke played in the Wide Bay Thunder team which won the Super League title
Britt Noffke in action for Kedron Wavell in the Brisbane Hockey League.

Australian Hockeyroos star Jodie Kenny scored the winning goal for Wide Bay, sending her penalty stroke past Brisbane goalkeeper Emily Burrows in the 37th minute of the match.

Rock-solid defence from fullbacks and Australian representatives Kenny and Ashlea Fey and Queensland Scorchers goalkeeper Hannah Astbury saw Wide Bay concede just four goals in six games at the tournament.

Kenny and Bundaberg product Britt Noffke top scored for Wide Bay Thunder at the tournament with five goals each.

Britt has represented Queensland Scorchers in the Australian Hockey League.

Cale Cramer scored four goals

The Wide Bay men's team finished sixth with one win from five games. Bundaberg striker Cale Cramer scored four of Wide Bay's six goals at the tournament.

Bundaberg's Olympic Gold Medallist Troy Elder was also in the Wide Bay Thunder team.

Cale retired from the Brisbane Hockey League last year as one of its most prolific strikers, scoring 196 goals in 143 Division 1 games for Commercial Hockey Club and Bulimba Bulls Hockey Club.

The Bundaberg product is an Australian Hockey League winner with the Queensland Blades. He was named player of the 2015 AHL final, and played professionally for Herakles in Belgium.

In 2016 he was named Brisbane Hockey Association player of the year and won the Greg Browning Medal as the league's leading goal scorer that same season.

Cale won the Brisbane Division 1 grand final on four occasions; three times with Commercial (2008, 2009, 2012) and once with Bulimba (2016).

The Poligras Super League featured Queensland's top 100 hockey players competing in men's and women's competitions, representing six zones across Queensland.

Bundaberg hockey player Cale Cramer in action for Wide Bay Thunder
Bundaberg hockey player Cale Cramer in action for Wide Bay Thunder. Photo: Facebook

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