Former Maryborough hockey player Lincoln Parkinson will play for the Australian Country under-21 team in Fiji.
Former Maryborough hockey player Lincoln Parkinson will play for the Australian Country under-21 team in Fiji. Karleila Thomsen

Parkinson makes Australian team

QUEENSLAND Country hockey officials didn’t want Lincoln Parkinson in their team.

The same cannot be said for those in South Australia and now national selectors.

The 20-year-old former Maryborough Wallaroos representative and St Mary’s College student has been named in the Australian Country under-21 hockey team after impressing selectors while playing for South Australia in the Australian Country Championships in Tamworth.

But how did someone from Maryborough end up playing for South Australia?

Now living in Toowoomba and playing his club hockey for the premiers, Newtown Tigers, Parkinson played for South Australia after Queensland didn’t want his services.

He had nominated to play for Queensland in the national titles after playing in the state titles but he didn’t get the call-up.

So he didn’t hesitate when South Australian officials offered the midfielder the chance to be one of the two allowed imports in their line-up.

He made the most of his opportunity, scoring a couple of goals and playing his way into the Australian team that left for Fiji yesterday to contest the Oceania Pacific Cup.

Parkinson, who was spent time with his family in Maryborough on Tuesday before leaving for Brisbane to join up with the rest of the Australian team, told the Chronicle he was looking forward to his first taste of international action.

“It’s going to be an incredible experience – a massive learning experience,” said Parkinson, who started playing for Wallaroos when he was four and left when he was 18 to go to university in Toowoomba.

“I cannot wait to get over there and start playing.”

While the trip to Fiji is a great chance for Parkinson to showcase his talents, he said hearing his name called out in the Australian team at the end of the Australian Championships was going to take some beating.

“It was the most exciting thing that’s happened in my hockey career,” he said.

“I thought I had played well but you just don’t know if you’ve done enough to make it.

“It was a huge thrill and it was made even more special because my parents were there to share it with me.”

‘It’s going to be an incredible experience’



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