Gouldthorp shines indoor for WA teams
Albany hockey star Tallulah Gouldthorp has shone for WA across two age divisions at the Australian Indoor Hockey Festival in Goulburn, Victoria held in January.
One of the region’s brightest young talents, Gouldthorp helped WA win a silver medal at the under-18 national championships and was also recognised as the leading goal scorer in the under-15 competition.
The 15-year-old, who has represented WA on four occasions in outdoor hockey, played a leading hand in WA upsetting Queensland in the under-18s semifinal as she scored a second-half field goal to help her side draw level at 3-3 and then in the one-on-one shootout nailed WA’s third and winning goal to send them into the gold medal match.
WA trailed 3-0 at half-time and eventually went down 7-2 to hosts NSW in the gold medal game, as Gouldthorp and her teammates claimed a hard-earned silver.
Such was Gouldthorp’s efforts among a very young WA team, she scored nine goals in total for the tournament to be the second-highest scorer in the under-18s.
Among the nine goals was an outstanding individual performance against Tasmania, where she netted five goals in the match with three penalty corners and a field goal in a dominant first half.
“We did really well, it was a bit of a surprise as we were the youngest side there and didn’t go away expecting too much,” Gouldthorp said.
“(Playing) in the semifinals against Queensland the day before we lost 7-0 to them, so to beat them was kind of like we had won gold that day.
“It went to shootouts and I had the winning one which felt pretty good.
“I’d not scored five goals at that sort of level before, it never usually goes that way but I just tried to reset after each goal and it worked out for me.”
In the under-15s competition the North Albany hockey product scored nine goals to win the leading goal scorer award as WA finished in fifth place overall.
Gouldthorp had another day out against Tasmania, scoring four goals in her side’s 8-0 romp of their opponents and said it was pleasing to find the back of the net so often.
“In training I’d been working on getting a few goals but I didn’t expect to get as many,” she said.
“The team set me up really well and it was a nice reward.
“We played in the match that would have got us to the bronze medal game but lost in the last few seconds. which was pretty heartbreaking.”
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