Taylor wins silver in hockey masters
KEN Taylor has come out of Africa and he’s back home in Hervey Bay.
The taxi driver has a story to tell as well.
Taylor was a member of the Australian team that won silver in the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in South Africa.
The Aussies were in the hunt to win gold, going through the tournament undefeated until the game that mattered the most, the final.
The old enemy, England, beat Taylor and his teammates 2-0.
Nine countries, South Africa, England, Australia, Germany, Italy, Holland, New Zealand, Wales and Scotland, contested the tournament.
The event is played every two years and the next will be in England.
Taylor, the former Hervey Bay Hockey Association president, earned his call up to wear the green and gold after helping Queensland win the over 65 Australian Veterans Championships in Melbourne 12 months ago.
He won three man-of-the-match awards during those titles and was also the joint Player of the Championships.
The trip to Africa was Taylor’s first and, despite the defeat in the final, he said he loved the visit.
“I have played overseas before, but I’ve never been to South Africa, it was a great experience,” said Taylor, who plays for the Youngbloods club.
“Sure, a win in the final would have capped it off but it wasn’t to be – that’s hockey for you.
“We played well, but they (England) played better.”
Taylor, who started playing hockey when he was seven and has played for Queensland in over 40, 50 and 60 age groups, said he wouldn’t mind another shot at winning the Cup.
“I’d love it,” the 65-year-old said.
“Besides, running after the grandchildren keeps me fit.”
‘I have played overseas before but I’ve never been to South Africa’