Todd Harmsworth is off to Fiji for the Australian team to face the fury of New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.
Todd Harmsworth is off to Fiji for the Australian team to face the fury of New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Todd has sights set on Pacific Cup

IT has been a big year for Todd Harmsworth and it is just about to get that much bigger.

It is no luck that he was selected to represent the under-21 Country Australian hockey team, who play in Fiji next week, as when the Wanderers’ player set his sights on the Pacific Cup he didn’t look back.

“I have just got right into this year compared to previous years,” Harmsworth said yesterday.

The 20-year-old was first selected for the Queensland open team in August in hope to be selected for the Australian Country side along with his older brother Aaron.

And although the two brothers were selected for the cup, it was only Todd who was able to make the trip.

“At the start of the year I tried to make the Queensland side with my brother, but hopefully next year we will both go,” he said.

“I am actually really excited about it (Pacific Cup). That was the first time I made the Queensland side too.”

Harmsworth will fly out today for the eight-day competition and will have three training day sessions with his team-mates before the games kick off.

And the competition will be stiff with the Australia Country side to face New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and host’s Fiji.

“Last year Australia only just won it and they reckon the Fiji side and the New Zealand side are really competitive,” he said.

“New Zealand will especially be a tough one because they take their hockey seriously just like the Australians do.

“Everyone wants to beat New Zealand just like it is with Queensland and New South Wales.”

This year Harmsworth has played at the top of his game, but it was achieved through dedication and training.

“I was just doing extra training, we did our own club training and then I did jogging on the streets as well.”

Harmsworth said making the Australian Country side has been his biggest accomplishment so far and he hopes to make the Queensland open side again next year with his brother.

“And then with years to come I would like to make the Australian open side. I will keep training hard.”



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