Men's Wide Bay Thunder eye improvement on 2016
It's the only word to describe the Wide Bay Thunder's roster when it comes to experience.
On one end of the park, the Thunder will be captained by Bundaberg product and former Kookaburra Troy Elder, the 39-year-old striker and midfielder who won a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics and gold at Athens in 2004.
Supporting Elder is the pair of Cale Cramen (Bundaberg) and Josh Mynott (Maryborough), Queensland Blades players who bring years of experience in some of Australian hockey's toughest competitions.
At the other end of the experience spectrum are Maryborough players like Matt Axelsen, Roy and Jack Tucker and Diarmid and Tarack Chappell who, along with Hervey Bay's James Easton, are relative newcomers to the Wide Bay outfit.
"It's a bit hard to know,” coach Paul Tucker said when asked how the side would fare.
"Wide Bay is made up of five different associations and we've only had one training run together. At least we've had one.”
Tucker, who is based in Maryborough, said that while his side had several strong players, you could not discount the young guns who fill out the roster.
"The Tucker and Chappell boys, they're all 17 to 19 years old, and they'll onyl be better for the experience,” Tucker said.
"We've got those three (Troy, Cale and Josh), they walk straight into the side, but then you can build a team around them.
"I'm a little unsure of how we'll go. Our sights are set higher then last year when we finished fifth.
"It is my first time coaching the Thunder. I've watched but never been in the position so I hope we go well.”