Golden moments kept safe

By RACHAEL BORICH

FORMER Rockhampton junior hockey star Mark Knowles is tak- ing a safe approach to his grow- ing gold medal haul.

Mark's Commonwealth Games men's hockey gold medal from Melbourne is heading straight to the bank to join his Athens Olym- pic gold medal in a safe after a couple of break-ins at his house in Perth.

The 22-year-old was back in Rockhampton this week for some rest and relaxation after some hectic post-Games celebrations before resuming training for the Queensland Blades in Brisbane on Tuesday.

This latest victory was another golden moment for Mark, a play- er touted as a potential Kooka- burras captain, but he played a different role to that in Athens.

"Everything in Athens was a fairy tale ? I didn't know if I'd make the team, people thought Australia might make the finals and we weren't in a country that knew hockey,'' Mark said.

"This (Commonwealth Games) one as a whole, I rate this one higher.

"In Melbourne we had capacity crowds every day, when Jamie (Dywer) corked his knee it was front page news in Melbourne and we were called the best team to ever play for Australia.

"For me it was a much better experience.''

Mark also hopes this latest suc- cess will attract much-needed sponsorship and recognition for hockey.

The youngest Kookaburra has no shortage of praise for his team.

"We're young, enthusiastic, en- joy winning and are hard working.''

One of Mark's main priorities during his five-day stay in Rock- hampton is helping open the new "world-class'' Kalka Shades hock- ey facility in North Rockhampton at 5pm today.



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