FULL TILT: Rocky Raiders’ Ray Baker races to the puck.
FULL TILT: Rocky Raiders’ Ray Baker races to the puck. Megan Lewis

Hockey players in line for thrill

GUYS like Mitchell Pailthorpe just can't get enough of inline hockey.

Recently Rockhampton Skate Club hosted the “North Queensland Challenge” at the Showgrounds.

It was a frantic weekend with matches played through a number of age groups against teams from Mackay and Townsville.

Mitchell was selected in the under-11 Central Queensland team and performed well, with his side eventually losing in the final.

However, that was not where the youngster's participation ended as he was also a member of the CQ under-14 team which won its section, beating the Townsville Rhinos in the final.

Mitchell was not the only Pailthorpe to indulge in multiple matches over the weekend.

Brother Hayden played in the under-17 Rockhampton Raiders team, beaten by a Townsville composite team in its final and also backed up to play Senior B.

Dad Rob was not arguing about their workload as he coached the 11s, 14s and 17s.

Rob said it was a good weekend for local competitors.

“The Senior A side won its final,” he said.

It turned out to be a thriller against Mackay with the match going down to the wire.

At the end of the regulation 40 minutes the teams were level at 5-5, meaning it went to a sudden-death play off.

When games are that tight it needs someone to step up and produce something special.

Shaun Russell was that man, scoring his team's fifth goal and then finding the target again in sudden-death for the victory.

It was a good win for the local team, but disappointing for Townsville as it went into the weekend as the holder but failed to fire, failing to even make the final.

Not all the Rockhampton senior team members are male. Cindy Brazier played her part in victory as the goalkeeper.

  • Inline hockey has similarities to ice hockey, both are played with a puck although they are made from different materials, and inline has four outfield players and a goalkeeper on the pitch, whereas ice hockey has one extra outfield player.


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