Wide Bay indoor hockey juniors eye national titles
FRASER Coast is a hotbed of indoor hockey talent according to representative coach Paul Tucker.
Tucker will coach Queensland's under-13 and U15 male teams at next month's national championship and on Sunday he led some of the brightest prospects in the first of three two-hour squad training sessions.
The Queensland teams were selected from the state team challenges.
"Our job is to have them play and train at higher intensity so when they go away they're ready for the higher level of competition," Tucker said.
"Indoor is a fast-paced, fast rotation game so that's what we try to teach them."
The mixed session saw players work through various drills and plays, with an emphasis on their first touch, control and passing.
"We have a real mix of players, from 17-year-old men down to 12-year-old girls," he said. "We need to tailor it to what suits their needs. What one level will be doing is different to another."
Sunday's session capped a big weekend of indoor hockey training at Maryborough Showgrounds after the U13 girls worked through a seven-hour session on Saturday.
Two sessions will be held between now and January competitions and Tucker's challenge will be to ensure the players stay at their peak over the festive season.
"All we need to do is make sure they keep playing at the highest level they can leading up to Christmas," he said.
"That's what squad training is for. All we can ask is they stay fit over Christmas."