Shae credits older sister for success
THE future of hockey on the Fraser Coast has never looked brighter with a host of local juniors earning state selections in recent weeks.
More than a dozen young stars from Maryborough and Hervey Bay have impressed in various state championships, including Shae Staples who will contest this month's 12 years and under School Sport Australia hockey championships.
The Sandy Straits State School student booked her ticket to Canberra after starring for Wide Bay in the state championships on the Gold Coast.
Last year it was her sister Jessie who had the honour to don the maroon and Shae is hoping to prove she also belongs in the game at national level.
"I really wanted to make it this year, so I was just happy I made it," the 12-year-old said.
"I'm really excited, but a bit nervous because I haven't experienced it (a national championship) yet.
"I've improved a lot on my skills in the last few years so I can't wait to get down there.
"I just want to enjoy it."
Shae plays as a centre half and inner for Maryborough club Uniteds alongside Jessie, who was talent identified by Queensland Hockey in the under-13 age group.
Shae credited her older sister for much of her success.
"She helps me a lot and tells me stuff I'm not doing right and area of my game I can improve on," she said.
"She went to Adelaide last year so she knows what it's going to be like.
"She told me I have to be a really strong play and play my hardest and back myself."
Local juniors who have received state recognition in recent weeks
Jess Switzer - U18 women's and 16 years schoolgirls
Lauren Scholl - Went to New Zealand with Queensland development squad
Rebecca Greiner - U15 girls (from Bundy and playing with Uniteds)
James Easton - U15 boys shadow
Keelan Goodall - U15 boys talent identification development
Rhys McShane - U15 boys TID
Tarack Chappell - U13 boys
Luke Randall - U13 boys (from Bundy and plays with Brothers)
Trent Godenstein - U13 boys TID
Jessie Staples - U13 girls TID
Shae Staples - 12 years schoolgirls
Keely Reilly - 12 years schoolgirls
Max Elmer - 16 years schoolboys shadow
Kirk Moore - 19 years schoolboys