Rockhampton?s Aaron Harmsworth (left) is preparing to juggle his national hockey duties with his first year of teaching.
Rockhampton?s Aaron Harmsworth (left) is preparing to juggle his national hockey duties with his first year of teaching.

Aaron scores Aussie call up



HOCKEY is a way of life for Rockhampton's Aaron Harmsworth, whether it is coaching, playing, umpiring or just watching from the sidelines.

Harmsworth, 22, yesterday continued on his journey towards higher honours after gaining selection in his first Australian Country men's hockey team.

The CQU Wanderers star will join the Australian Country team's tour of Fiji from March 31 to April 9 where they will meet the tournament hosts and Malaysia in a tri-series.

For Harmsworth, it's a case of "third time lucky'' after being named a shadow player for the national team at the past three Australian Country Championships.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's a foot in the door,'' he said.

Harmsworth was one of the stars in Queensland Country's back-to-back title success at last year's Australian Country Championships, making an impressive return from a broken leg.

"At the time I was just happy to go away with the Queensland side after breaking my leg.''

Now fully recovered Harmsworth is also scoring goals off the field at North Rockhampton State High School where he has started his first year teaching HPE.

After guiding the North Rockhampton open boy's hockey team to victory in last year's Queensland Schools Hockey Cup ? the first Capricornia team to achieve this feat ? Harmsworth has been asked to launch a hockey school of excellence program.

One player with automatic selection will be rising star Matt Gohdes, who will travel to Brisbane this weekend for Queensland under-18 selection trials.



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