Young guns ready to fire for Parks
HOCKEY: Park Avenue Brothers will look to its young talent in a bid to return to the winner's circle in the Rockhampton Hockey Association A-grade competitions this season.
President Robert Sweeney said 2017 would be a year of development for the senior men's and women's teams, with a focus on working with the up-and-comers who were the future of the club.
Kosia Williams is among a quartet of young guns in the senior men's team.
The 15-year-old is coming off the back of a stand-out performance with the Queensland indoor hockey team which won silver at the national championships in Wollongong.
Williams, who has also represented Queensland in the outdoor version of the game, cemented his place in Parks A-grade side after a solid debut last year.
He will be joined by fellow teenagers Sean McDonald, Lachlan Plant and goalkeeper John Reed who will all be keen to impress and gain valuable experience at the senior level.
Sweeney said their commitment and dedication to succeed in other areas of their lives was reflected on the hockey field.
"These boys, together with our stable base of Nathan Burke, Shaun Price and Jarred Burns, will strengthen the club's position and put us well on our way to achieving the ultimate premiership goals," he said.
Sweeney will this year coach the A-grade women's team, which is also undergoing a transformation.
"Young players Latisha Willie, Nikyta Campbell and Renee Sweeney will play a role in first grade," he said.
"Willie and Sweeney proved last year that they were ready for top-level hockey with Willie playing a key role each week in the team and Sweeney doing her job when called up in support.
"These girls will be led by our stalwarts Tyneille Madden, Coralie Duke and Stephanie Bowman as well as our other young guns such as Jordyn Watson and Abby Reynolds."
Sweeney is also excited about securing the services of Australian Country representative Rita Boyd, saying the specialist inside right will definitely bring some strength and experience to the young team.
"The future of the club is in good hands with so much young talent but we're always keen to welcome any new players to our squads," he said.