First-timers make championship

SEVEN Maryborough hockey players will be playing for their Queensland in the Indoor Hockey Titles next year – not bad considering some of them had never played indoor hockey before they tried out for the team.

The seven girls, who are all talented field hockey players, decided to give the indoor version of the game a go when they got the opportunity to try out for the state side.

It’s a good thing they did – Trudi Petersen, Gabi Worner and Brooke Savage will now be heading to Perth to compete in the under-18 side while Ashleigh James and Samantha Hansen will play for the under-16 side. Kiah Hawker and Jess Switzer will play in the under-14 side. Both the under-16 and under-14 sides will be heading to Niagara Park, near Gosford, to compete next year.

“They don’t usually play indoor hockey – it’s just something we did for extra development,” organiser Cheryl Brown said.

“It’s just really nice for the girls to be recognised.

“They’ve done really well.”

Brown said she wasn’t surprised the girls had been selected, even though they had not played indoor hockey before.

“These girls are more than reasonable field hockey players.”

It is the first state team that most of the girls have been selected for and Brown said they were very excited about competing for Queensland.

“They are very dedicated.

“They’ve been doing a couple of training sessions a week, which takes a lot when they are technically on holidays.”

Indoor hockey differs greatly from field hockey in many ways – it’s “quicker, faster” and there are fewer players on the field, Brown said.

The game is also played on a wooden floor which brings a different feel to the game for the players – but that doesn’t mean they won’t be giving it their all.

“They’re really looking forward to it.”

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