THUNDER: Fraser Coast hockey product Amy Smith (blue), playing for Norths Brisbane.
THUNDER: Fraser Coast hockey product Amy Smith (blue), playing for Norths Brisbane. Andrew Blanchard

Amy Smith ready to rumble for the Wide Bay Thunder

FOUR years in the army and four tours with the Australian Country women's team - former Brothers hockey player Amy Smith has been up to a lot since she left the Fraser Coast almost a decade ago.

Smith is one of five familiar faces in Wide Bay Thunder's squad for the Queensland Super League, which will be held in Brisbane from today.

She, Jessie Staples, Jess Switzer, and sisters Chloe and Samantha Hansen will all play for the Thunder.

Now 26, Smith spent four years based in Townsville as a clerk in the army, then moved to Brisbane where she continues to serve in the Army Reserves.

A Norths Brisbane player, Smith lined up alongside Samantha Hansen on the Australian Country Wattles' recent tour of Hong Kong and Vietnam.

"This time was different for me because I was vice captain and moved into the midfield,” Smith said.

Smith said she expected to move back to the defensive line, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

"Both positions have different challenges, but I'm usually in those defensive midfield roles,” Smith said.

"I'm really excited to play.

"I think it will depend on how we gel. These competitions come down to how well you gel and play together on the field.”

The women's Wide Bay Thunder side, co-captained by Emily Woods and Britt Noffke, is made up of eight players from the Sunshine Coast, five from the Fraser Coast, two from Gympie and one from Bundaberg.



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