Coach looks for positives as teens make debuts
ROCKHAMPTON'S up-and-coming hockey stars are getting their first taste of state level competition this week.
Local under-13 squads took to the turf for day one of the Raine and Horne Queensland Women's Under-13 Hockey Championships at Rockhampton's Kalka Shades yesterday.
Despite falling to Redlands United 4-0 yesterday morning, the division three Rocky squad remained positive and was looking forward to building on their performance throughout the rest of the tournament.
Rocky coach Coralie Duke acknowledged the youth and inexperience of her squad, but was confident her team would gain invaluable skills and experience from the tournament.
"We are a young team and there are a couple of girls where this is their first year of hockey so (we are always looking to improve)," Duke said.
With plenty more matches yet to come, Duke praised her team's efforts in their first game and said she was simply looking for her players to give it their all.
"The girls did well; they have bits and pieces that they could improve on. I especially thought Tyler (Philips) and Brielle (Kennedy) had a good game out there," Duke said.
"Hopefully next game we'll be able to score a goal, but they did well."
The Rocky team also took on Ipswich and unfortunately fell 4-0 but will bounce back and line up against Toowoomba today before finals commence.
QLD U13 GIRLS HOCKEY
At Kalka Shades, Rockhampton
FIXTURES AND RESULTS
Brisbane 2 def Rockhampton 1
Rockhampton 1 drew with Ipswich 1
Rockhampton v Tweed Border at 8.35am
Rockhampton v Toowoomba at 2pm
Redlands 4 def Rockhampton 0
Ipswich 4 def Rockhampton 0
Rockhampton v Toowoomba at 8.35am
Rocky's division one squad tore up the turf against Brisbane and Ipswich yesterday with a very close 2-1 loss to Brisbane before drawing 1-1 with Ipswich.
The side will back it up against Tweed Boarder and Toowoomba today.