THE NSW men's under 21s hockey side fell short of its quest for indoor championship glory.
NSW, with Shoalhaven player Callum Mackay in the team, took on Western Australia in the men's final on Sunday at the Illawarra Hockey Centre.
The home state suffered a heartbreaking defeat.
With scores locked at 4-4, WA's Ryan Pace scored his third goal in the 39th minute to wrap up a 5-4 victory.
Meanwhile, the top NSW side beat the NSW Blues, the B team, in the women's championship.
The NSW Women's side Ultimately the top NSW team proved too good, running out winners 7-2 against
Local talent Helena Tobbe opened the scoring for NSW in just the first minute, fellow Illawarra product Kelsey Hughes adding a goal of her own late in the match.
Illawarra's Comfort Ferguson also scored for the Blues.
The boys and girls under 18 competition will commence today (Monday).
Shoalhaven's Sam Wright-Smith is a member of the boy's under 18s side.