Hughes caps top season with title

BRADLEY Hughes has done it all this year on the hockey field.

At just 15 years old, he became a regular starting player for East Lismore this season.

And to cap that off he was involved in a dominant New South Wales team that won the Australian under-15 boys' championship in Melbourne over the weekend.

The midfielder helped set up goal after goal at the championships.

Hughes' team scored a whopping 70 goals and conceded just 11 at the competition.

This included monster wins over Northern Territory (16-0), South Australia (13-1), ACT (10-1), Victoria (11-3), Tasmania (8-0) and Western Australia (8-3).

Hughes' team did receive a scare from Queensland in its final match though.

With both teams competing for first place, New South Wales won 4-3 after the Queenslanders led 3-0 at half-time.

But a flood of goals from New South Wales in the second half gave Hughes' team the gold medal.

"It's the best feeling ever," the Kadina High School student said. "Stepping up to play premier league locally definitely helps take the pressure off when you go back to taking on kids your age."

Bradley's sister Jennah won silver for New South Wales under-13s at the national championships in the Northern Territory at the weekend.

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