Gouldthorp shines for WA with goalfest
Albany hockey star Tallulah Gouldthorp has shone for WA across two age divisions at the Australian Indoor Hockey Festival in Wollongong earlier this month.
Recognised as one of the Great Southern’s brightest hockey talents, Gouldthorp helped WA win a bronze medal at the under-21 national championships and was also WA’s leading goal scorer in the under-18 competition in New South Wales.
Gouldthorp netted a total of 12 goals from 13 games to be WA’s highest goal scorer in under-21 and under-18 and being third overall in the under-18 competition.
The 16-year-old, who has represented WA in outdoor and indoor hockey on 10 different occasions, helped WA’s under-21 side walk away with a bronze medal.
Gouldthorp netted a first-half field goal as WA recorded a 8-2 win in the semifinal against NSW to help book her side a place in the bronze medal match against Australian Capital Territory.
She finished the under-21 tournament as WA’s leading goal scorer with four goals.
The Great Southern Grammar student scored two first-half goals against Victoria in her first game to help her side record a 6-1 win.
Gouldthorp, a North Albany striker, continued to find the back of the net in the under-18s competi-tion as she netted eight of WA’s 11 goals for the tournament, including all three goals against ACT as WA won 3-2.
Gouldthorp said the tournament was an amazing experience.
“I have learnt so much just from this one training block and tournament with them,” Gouldthorp said.
“As I was a younger player it taught me to just play my role and trust the process.
“It’s always good to score goals, as that’s ultimately how you win games, but I had both 21s and 18s teammates supporting me in the forward line with great passes.
“I knew that this age group of girls had always done well, but as I had never played with them I had no expectations prior to the tournament.”
Gouldthorp scored in all of her under-18 games besides one.
She netted two goals in WA’s 4-0 win over Tasmania before scoring the only WA goal in their match against NSW Blue which WA lost 2-1, ending their hopes of playing off for bronze.
WA finished sixth in the under-18 competition.
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