Rockhampton to make national stars? onslaught
ROCKHAMPTON has already made a name for itself on the international hockey stage.
Now a new influx of young guns is stepping up to the challenge.
Following on the success of Kookaburras players Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles, Rockhampton has 12 boys involved in Queensland junior hockey teams while Emily Hunt is in goal for the Queensland under-15 girls team.
Lining up for Queensland in the under-15 nationals, starting in Brisbane on Monday, are Matt Gohdes, Jared Truscott, Ashley Hennegan and Tom Rendell-Woodley, with Ba- den Plummer a reserve.
The under-13 nationals are in Ipswich next week with the State number one team including Rockhampton's Sam Acutt and Matthew Deeth while the number two team includes Jarrod Bass, now in Brisbane, Tom Urquhart, Sean Collins and Tom Carson. Dale Gohdes is a Queensland secondary schoolboys representative.
Neil Shearer, who has been training the boys at Kalka Shades for the past eight weeks, said the effort they were putting in was getting the rewards.
"This is probably the best representation we've ever had in the males,'' Shearer said.