The Tasmanian girls team takes time out from its final hit-out ahead of the Australian National Invitational Championships for under-13 boys’ and girls in Maryborough.
The Tasmanian girls team takes time out from its final hit-out ahead of the Australian National Invitational Championships for under-13 boys’ and girls in Maryborough. Nat Bromhead

Maryborough hosts Oz hockey titles

THE TIME for practice is over.

Now it’s time for 192 young hockey players from throughout the nation to deliver - the race to be crowned Australia’s finest starts in Maryborough this morning.

The Maryborough District Hockey Association is hosting the Australian National Invitational Championships for under-13 boys and girls at its Woodstock Street grounds this week.

Maryborough District Hockey Association development officer Cheryll Brown is hoping Fraser Coast hockey fans turn out in force to support the event and - not to mention - her team.

Brown is the coach of the Queensland girls team.

Her talented line-up will include someone else with a connection to the city - goalkeeper Jessica Switzer.

Switzer plays her club hockey for Brothers in the local junior competition.

The young Queenslanders prepared for the championships by having a week-long camp in Brisbane.

They had their final hit-out yesterday.

Brown said her players were ready to give it their best shot - literally.

“They’ve trained hard for this opportunity and I am sure they will do the state proud,” Brown said.

“The players have been impressive in practice, but it’s what happens on the field this week that counts the most.

“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

Queensland’s first assignment of the week is when they tackle South Australia in the girls division at 12.30pm.

The boys from both states will go head-to-head in the following game.

This is the first time the Maryborough District Hockey Association has hosted an event like this and president Margaret Wroe is keen to make a lasting impression.

“Hosting these championships is a real opportunity for us to showcase our facilities and our region,” Wroe said.

“We are determined to make the most of it and prove we can host an event as prestigious as this.”

Six games will be played daily and all the action starts at 9am.



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