Ken is Taylor made for Australia
IF you jump into Ken Taylor’s taxi in Hervey Bay make sure you congratulate him – he deserves it.
Taylor has been named in an Australian veterans hockey team to tour South Africa next year after helping Queensland win a national title in Victoria.
The former Hervey Bay Hockey Association president was a member of the Queensland team that won the over 65 Australian Veterans Championship in Melbourne.
Taylor and his team-mates won it in impressive fashion as well.
The Queenslanders went through the week-long tournament undefeated winning all five games they played in the round-robin stage.
They drew the semi-final showdown against Western Australia 0-0 but qualified for the final against New South Wales because they finished higher on the ladder than the men from the West.
Nothing could separate Queensland and New South Wales in the final, not even 20 minutes of extra time and the game finished 1-1 meaning both teams will share bragging rights for the next 12 months.
Taylor, who started playing hockey when he was seven, shone in midfield on Queensland’s route to the title.
He was Man of the Match in three of the games, the sort of form that saw him named a joint winner of the Player of the Championships.
But the grandfather of three said winning an individual award was not what playing in the nationals was all about.
“Sure it was great to win the award but my aim was to help Queensland win the title,” said Taylor, who has played for Queensland in over 40, 50 and 60 age groups.
“We played well as a team and that showed with our results.”
Not surprisingly, Taylor said he was looking forward to touring South Africa next September.
“I have played overseas before but I’ve never been to South Africa – that will be a great experience I’m sure,” said Taylor, who plays his club hockey for Youngbloods.
How is Taylor planning to keep fit to go on tour?
“Trying to keep up with grandchildren,” he laughed.