THE evergreen Illawarra Steelies masters hockey team didn't drop a match at the International Golden Oldies tournament held in Honolulu, Hawaii recently.
Thirteen nations and more than 1000 players took part across womens, mens and mixed divisions, with the Steelies winning four of seven matches and fighting out three draws against tough opposition.
"We were happy with the performance," captain Ronlyn Thirlwell said.
"The Argentinian teams seem to have a lot of younger players. We beat one [Argentinian] team and drew with the other.
"The New Zealand teams were quite tough as well. We had a draw and win against them as well."
The Steelies recruited some "younger" players in an effort to bolster their attack for the over 35s tournament.
"We had a few younger players this year, when I say younger I mean in their 50s," Thirlwell said.
"It really made the difference. We've been away before and not had many goals scored against but we haven't had the attacks, so those three or four new ones who came in really made the team."
The week-long carnival is held every two years with venues alternating between the northern and southern hemispheres.
The Steelies participated in the 2009 tournament in Edinburgh and are already planning the trip to Leipzig in Germany for the 2015 event.