Young players bring home the silver

THE reputation of Rockhampton hockey has prevailed throughout the years and our local players remain in top form.

Locals Brodie Bunn and Clinton McKay continued that legacy after they returned home with a silver medal from the U13 National Invitational in Coffs Harbour recently.

The champion team was not determined through a series of finals but instead each team would play each other once and then the results were tallied up to determine the winner.

Queensland won all of its games against the other states including Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT, but narrowly lost against NSW.

Neil Shearer, regional coaching director, said the Queenslanders were one-nil at half-time, but NSW got them in the last few minutes of the game.

“We just couldn't get the ball in the net,” he said.

“The boys were a bit disappointed but last year they came in at third, so it is an improvement.”

He said the competition was a great learning curve for Bunn and McKay.

Shearer said the two Rockhampton boys played really well in the game.

“Brodie plays in the back and he did very well - he is a team player,” he said.

“Clinton was vice-captain and he improved as the tournament progressed.”

Queensland came in at second place for both the girls and boys; both teams lost to NSW.

The championships mark the end of the season for the Rockhampton players and Shearer said they wouldn't start up competitions again until next year.

A coaching clinic would be conducted next month for all local hockey players from Rockhampton and Gladstone.

Shearer said the two-day clinic will update the skills of the players and improve on their basic performances.

“We will have about 150 players come to the clinic and we have a number of coaches travelling to Rockhampton for it,” he said.

The last time the clinic was held was in 2007 and Shearer expects it to be just as successful.

The clinic includes players aged eight-nine, under-11s, 13s and 15s.

All local hockey players from Gladstone to Rockhampton are welcomed.




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