Bronze winners already planning next year’s gold
NOT long after Wide Bay's stunning bronze medal-winning performance in the Queensland School under-18 hockey championships in Townsville, goalkeeper Jessica Switzer was already dreaming of winning gold next year.
Switzer, one of five Maryborough and District players part of this year's team, insisted Wide Bay could get better.
"I hope so," the 16-year-old said when asked if they could win gold next year.
"We've improved each year and the training gets better each year and the girls coming through are strong.
"There's no difference in the skills of all the players which makes it easy to play with each other.
"No one stands out and we don't rely on one player.
"Everyone has full faith in one another."
After finishing eighth in 2011 and fifth last year, Switzer said the players were determined to return home with a medal.
A late goal from Lauren Scholl in the bronze medal match against Peninsula ensured that as Wide Bay snatched a 1-1 draw and later declared third place winner on a count back.
Switzer, who plays for Uniteds in the local hockey competition, said she was amazed by the team's fighting spirit especially after a four gruelling days of competition in warm conditions.
"It was a hard game," she said.
"You could see the girls were tired and drained of energy.
"But they battled hard on that last 10 minutes and to get one (goal) back was a big effort.
"The girls were more desperate to improve (on last year) because you could see even when they were tired they were still putting in the extra effort and pushing themselves to run harder."
Switzer had even more reason to smile after the carnival, having been selected in the Queensland U16 team.
Lauren Scholl was also named as a shadow player in the U19 state team.