South Australia’s Rebecca Jones (left) and Holly Hill from the ACT race after the ball during the Australian National Invitational Championships in Maryborough.
South Australia’s Rebecca Jones (left) and Holly Hill from the ACT race after the ball during the Australian National Invitational Championships in Maryborough. Nat Bromhead

Title race heats up in nationals

IT’S NOT only the weather that’s proving to be hot at the Maryborough District Hockey Association grounds this week.

Cheryll Brown and her young players have also been in red-hot form on the first two days of the Australian National Invitational Championships for under-13 boys and girls in Woodstock Street.

Brown, the Maryborough District Hockey Association development officer, is the coach of the Queensland girls team and they have made an impressive start to the championships.

They over-powered South Australia 8-0 in game one on Monday and backed up that performance by beating the ACT 2-1 on Tuesday.

Those performances saw Queensland on top-of-the-table heading into last night’s showdown against Victoria.

Before the clash with Victoria, Brown said she was pleased with the way her players had started the championships.

“It’s all going well,” Brown said.

“We played well in the opening game then we showed plenty of courage and determination to come from behind to beat the ACT – that was a real gutsy effort.”

While Brown said all was going well for the team overall, the same cannot be said for her goalkeeper, Maryborough’s Jessica Switzer.

Switzer, who plays her club hockey for Brothers in the local junior competition, injured her ankle against the ACT and had to limp off.

The injury was not as bad as first thought and Brown said Switzer was due to play last night.

As for the weather, Brown said the Queensland team was coping with the heat a little bit better than their interstate rivals.

“My players have felt it (the heat) for sure as we’ve played in the middle of the day, but some of the other states have struggled,” she said.

“It’s hot for this time of the year.”

Brown’s team, which includes Sophie Malowiecki, the daughter of former Maryborough player, Karen Hilliard, tackles New South Wales today.

The Queensland boys team was also unbeaten heading into yesterday’s clash with Victoria.

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



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