Golden time in Tasmania

THREE Maryborough women have arrived home from Tasmania with a golden glow.

It has nothing to do with the weather either – it was too wet, windy and cold for Myra Reilly, Diane Fraser and Marian Flick to get a tan.

The trio all won gold medals while playing hockey for Queensland during the Australian Veterans Championships in Hobart.

Reilly and Fraser were members of the state over 50 team.

A team that won its title in very impressive style.

Queensland went through the tournament undefeated, a run that continued in the final after they beat NSW 1-0.

On the way to winning gold, Queensland scored 28 goals and only conceded one.

Reilly, one of the co-captains, knew the reason behind Queensland’s success.

“We had a dream team,” Reilly, who plays her club hockey for Wallaroos, said.

“There are times when a group of players come together and they just really click – that was us this year.

“We had a sound team of strike forwards who, as the results prove, had the ability to score goals and plenty of them.

“The defence was also outstanding as well – it was real team effort.”

Reilly said the team wasted little time in making an impact in the tournament.

“We came out firing in our first game and trounced hosts Tasmania 11-0 and we never looked back,” she said.

But winning the gold medal wasn’t the only success for Reilly.

She was named in the Australian over 50 team to play in the annual Trans-Tasman Series against New Zealand next May.

Marian Flick and her team-mates in the over 60 team didn’t make such a good start as the over 50 team – they lost 4-0 against Victoria in game one.

They got some sweet revenge against the Vices in the final though and it was Flick who ensured they did after she scored the goal in the 1-0 victory.

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