Great advice for indoor state reps
IPSWICH'S impressive group of indoor hockey state representatives heading to the nationals have received some timely advice.
"Make the most of the opportunities that you are given but enjoy the hockey,'' Ipswich Hockey Regional Coaching Director Sam Spry said.
"Don't forget the reasons why you play because I think that's one of the things that's been lost sight of in this day and age of hockey.
"We play sport because we enjoy it. It's not about win at all cost.
"It's an honour to represent your state . . . enjoy the quality of hockey and the people around you because those people around you can be teammates and friends for life.''
Open team national title-winning player Eden Jackat agreed, happy to see Ipswich running a Friday competition and increasing interest.
"That's good because I think there's more players playing in that who are then keen to go on to trials for Queensland teams,'' she said.
"Even if they aren't making a Queensland team, it's getting more exposure and giving them experience for next year and the year after.
"It's just getting involved.
"There's some other centres growing as well . . . like Mackay and Toowoomba are sending teams away.
"It's setting a strong foundation as well for the years to come.
"It's really good for the younger kids making the team. It's good for their confidence and good for them.''