Newcastle are within striking distance of claiming their first NSW State Championships title since 2010 after qualifying for Monday’s semi-finals.
Newcastle finished second in their five-team pool following an 8-2 victory against Lithgow at Moorebank Hockey Centre on Sunday evening.
This put them ahead of the Central Coast on goal difference and they will now more than likely meet North West Sydney (8:30am) with the winner progressing to the decider later that same day.
“Everyone has been really consistent across the board,” Newcastle men’s coach David Willott said.
“From all the debutants to the experienced guys, we haven’t relied on one person which has been good.”
Newcastle opened with a 5-4 loss to Central Coast on Saturday in a game Willott said “they probably should have won”.
It was followed by a 5-2 defeat by favourites Illawarra South Coast, which includes current Kookaburras representative Kieran Govers.
Newcastle then overcame Tamworth 2-0 on Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, over at the women’s NSW State Championships in Macarthur and Newcastle missed the semis after finishing fourth in their group.
Newcastle started on Saturday with a 2-1 win against Illawarra South Coast and a 2-all draw with Northern Sydney and Beaches.
They lost both matches on Sunday, 1-0 to Central Coast and 4-2 to North West Sydney.