Shearer hooks Aust job

By DARRYN NUFER

ROCKHAMPTON'S Neil Shearer continues to progress his hockey coaching ambitions, being named assistant coach of the Australian Country women's team until 2008.

Shearer, who has performed the role for the past two years, will work under new head coach Jeff Aldridge who takes over from Hugh Robson.

The part-time Rockhampton Hockey development officer said he was relieved to get a position despite having his sights set on the top job.

"In that role you thank your lucky stars for what you get,'' he said.

His first duty is selecting at the National Championships in South Australia from July 30 to August 6.

From the tournament the Australian Country squad will be selected for a yet-to-be-arranged three-nations tour, possibly in Fiji, next year.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to Jeff (Aldridge) yet, he may want to do things a little different to Hugh, but we'll wait and see,'' Shearer said.

Shearer said he hoped the ongoing experience gained through his Country duties would benefit Rockhampton hockey for years to come.

"You try and learn as much as you can and bring it home to the local association,'' he said.

Shearer, who played under-16 hockey for Queensland, already has an impressive record taking the Queensland Country women's team to four national titles in as many years.



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