Maryborough hosts national titles
MARYBOROUGH will be the centre of the hockey universe next week.
Well, as far as 192 young players from throughout the country are concerned it will be.
The Maryborough District Hockey Association is hosting not one, but two national championships.
The Australian National Invitational Championships for under-13 boys’ and girls will be contested from Monday to Friday.
The Queensland under-13 girls’ team will have a local look about it – in two positions at least.
Maryborough District Hockey Association development officer, Cheryll Brown, is the coach of the Queensland girls’ team.
The goal-keeper for Brown’s team will be someone else who calls the Heritage City home, Jessica Switzer.
Switzer plays her club hockey for Brothers.
Switzer and Brown are currently in camp in Brisbane and will arrive home with the rest of the state’s finest tomorrow.
They will have their final training session on Sunday.
Brown said her players had been looking good in training this week.
“It’s the first time that I’ve seen most of them play, but I’ve been impressed,” she said.
“We’ll be ready come Monday.”
Maryborough District Hockey Association president Margaret Wroe said the ball was already in play for Maryborough to showcase itself to the nation.
“Having the opportunity to host these championships is a real coup for not only ourselves, but also the region,” Wroe said.
“Regional centres just don’t get this sort of chance and we intend to grab it with both hands.
“We want to show that we are capable of hosting events such as this and I am positive we’ll do a great job – we’ve got plenty of volunteers to help ensure we do.
“We are aiming to make the week a huge success and a memorable one for those visiting the region.”
Wroe said the championships would be contested in a round-robin format.
“There will be no finals – whoever finishes on top come the end of the week will be crowned champions,” she said.
Six games will be played daily and all the action starts at 9am.