Jade driving towards more representative opportunities
QUEENSLAND Country newcomer Jade Emblem is gaining an added advantage playing in the Ipswich and Toowoomba hockey competitions this season.
She's clocking up the kilometres quickly for her P-plate driving requirements.
The personable year 11 St Mary's College student is playing for Wests in Ipswich and Norths in Toowoomba.
It's a juggling act at times but one she's managing well with her mother Danni also playing in the same A-grade teams.
"It's really good to get a chance to play with mum. She's an awesome player and still is,'' Jade said. "She's a hard worker.''
The dedicated Ipswich-based mum and daughter regularly go for 5km runs to improve their fitness.
Jade, 16, was named in the Queensland Country side after representing the South West Lumberjills team which came third at the recent Super League championships.
"It was a shock. I was not expecting that at all, especially being the youngest out there,'' Jade said.
It was her first senior representative selection after making under 13 and under 15 state sides. However, selectors clearly recognised Jade's ability and work ethic.
Before the Australian Country Championships in Toowoomba from August 2-10, Jade will focus on her club hockey.
She said dual registration had presented some challenges.
"Especially last year, playing at Wests, they clashed so much,'' Jade said. "But this year it's been awesome. I've been able to play two games a week.''
Jade (pictured) said all the travelling between Ipswich and Toowoomba was worth it.
"It can be hard sometimes with that drive but with my learners as well, I get my hours up so quickly,'' she said.
"I've got good time management as well being in year 11, having study and all that.
"I've got supportive parents.''
In her latest game in Ipswich, Jade scored the first two goals for Wests in their 3-3 draw with Norths. She headed to Toowoomba for a second game that night.
The focused teenager has a longer-term goal when she finishes school. "I'm actually trying to apply for a scholarship over in America with my hockey,'' she said. "To try and see the world a bit more and get an education and that.''