Tartans Hockey Club have created their own piece of history with their first ever men’s team winning a premiership in their inaugural year.
Tartans have fielded teams from more than 50 years but for most of its history those teams have been made up only of women and girls.
Boys have played for Tartans for the last decade but this year saw the club enter its first men’s team in the Sydney Hockey division six competition.
Tartans, based out of the new Marang Parklands Hockey Complex at Greenhills, saw their men’s team finish fourth during the regular season to reach the finals.
Wins against Wests and minor premiers Ryde saw Tartans advance to play Easts in the grand final at Sydney Olympic Park last Saturday.
The match finished 0-0 after double extra-time, forcing the game to a penalty shootout.
Spectacular stops by young goalkeeper Dakota Jattan and goals to Nathan Flack, Rick McConnell and Mark Roberts saw Tartans score a 3-1 victory.
Tartans secretary Janice Tully was delighted with the result.
“The win by our men’s team was a great effort by a group of players that haven’t previously played together and provides an excellent foundation for Tartans Hockey to grow our men’s program,” she said.
“We are looking forward to 2019 to build on this success.”