Eyeing off his first national

ROCKHAMPTON'S Neil Shearer is eyeing off his first national head coaching position with the Australian Country women's hockey team.

Shearer has returned home with a silver medal after joining the women's national side at last week's Arafura Games in Darwin.

The assistant coach helped steer Australia to five wins before a 31 loss to Malaysia ended their gold medal chances.

Shearer, who is awaiting confirmation of a four-year appointment for the head coach's job, said it was a gallant effort against their professional opposition.

However, the Australian Country men's side, which included former Rockhampton player Gavin Denney, won the gold medal.

Denney, now based in Perth, stood out in the Australian backline.

Meanwhile, Souths will be out to bounce back to form when they meet Frenchville in Rockhampton Hockey Association A1 men's action at Kalka Shades today.

In other games, CQU Wanderers meet Meteors and PA Brothers travel to Gladstone to play Sparks.

CQU Wanderers face PA Brothers in the A1 women's match-ofthe round, with Frenchville playing Souths.

Rockhampton's Jamie Dwyer helped Olympic champions Australia sound an early warning to its rivals with a 3-1 win over Malaysia in its opening match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup yesterday.



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