Rovers blood youngsters for future
THE Rockhampton Hockey Association 2005 season has drawn to a close for the Frenchville Rovers A1 men's team, but they made valuable ground to support the club's future.
Frenchville suffered a 12-0 loss to Southside United at Kalka Shades on Saturday.
They have suffered some big losses this season, but to this team's credit they have persisted each week.
Fielding an A1 team involved bringing up junior players such as Adam Bunn, 15, Tom Rendell-Woodley, 15, and Baden Plummer, 14.
Their A1 team-mate Clarry Plummer, Baden's dad, said at the start of the year it was a bit daunting for all three of them.
"It's certainly been a learning experience, but they all have to move into the seniors next year,'' Clarry said.
"After our first game this year everyone wanted to go to A2, but we said no, and that even though we'd get beaten we had to give our juniors somewhere to play in the future.''
The team has persisted and the young recruits are adapting to a faster pace, tougher games against bigger players and trying to get mentally tough week-in and week-out.
Southside face Park Avenue Brothers in this Saturday's preliminary final after their 5-2 loss to CQU Wanderers.
In the A1 women's division, higher points elevated CQU Wanderers into the grand final despite a scoreless draw, after extra time, against Park Avenue Brothers who now play Southside United this Saturday.