Julie Ash, Myra Reilly and Di Fraser struck gold in Canberra while playing hockey for Queensland.
Julie Ash, Myra Reilly and Di Fraser struck gold in Canberra while playing hockey for Queensland.

Locals help Queensland team win

QUEENSLAND has won a national hockey title for the third consecutive year and three Maryborough women can proudly say they helped do it.

Myra Reilly, Di Fraser and Julie Ash were members of the Queensland over-50 team that won its age division in the Australia Veterans Hockey Championships in Canberra.

Reilly (Wallaroos) and Fraser (Granville) were both members of the team that won gold in Tasmania 12 months earlier while Ash (Wallaroos) was making her debut.

Queensland’s quest for gold didn’t start well with Victoria holding the defending champions, who only conceded one goal in the 2009 event, to a 1-all draw.

They hit back though by winning the next five games to set up a showdown against arch rivals, New South Wales, in the final, a game Queensland triumphed 2-0.

Reilly was understandably delighted with the win.

“We were on a mission in Canberra to defend our title and we were all keen to reproduce the same undefeated form again this year,” she said.

“Unfortunately, the week started badly and many of the team started coming down with flu while others got injured in practice games before the tournament started.

“We knew we had to dig deep to have a chance of winning again and we did just that.

“We produced some great displays.

“I can tell you that it feels so good to have won again.”

But it wasn’t only gold that Reilly and Fraser won, they won Australian selection for next year.



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