Happy to help
ENJOYING a break from top-level hockey, former international player Amy Korner hasn't nominated for any representative teams being chosen this weekend.
However, the Ipswich striker is keen to help the newly named South West side challenge for Super League honours.
Since retiring from the Hockeyroos last year, Korner has been getting on with life.
Amy and partner Matt have set up a house at Yamanto and she's working hard to complete her teaching qualifications.
Preparing for this weekend's inaugural Super League series, co-captain Korner said her focus was on enjoying the new concept.
"No, I didn't actually nominate (for state teams)," Korner, 26, said.
"I really just wanted to get away from it for a bit.
"I could have played but I just thought I'm going to take a complete year away from high competitive stuff."
Korner had played 51 internationals and was still in Australian squads when she decided her London Olympic dream was out of reach this year.
She said playing for Valleys in the weekly Brisbane competition was satisfying her immediate hockey desire.
However, the classy player is also eager to help the South West zone team this weekend, joining other Ipswich-based representatives Kiah Ahern, Natasha Bice, Jade Hooper, Kirsten Mackay and Sara Rogers.
"Playing for Ipswich is always really tough because Brisbane have a lot of strong players and they get their players also from the country centres," Korner said.
"So to be teamed with Toowoomba, who are actually strong, it should be really good.
"It should be much more a closer competition and we might actually have a chance."
South West will play other representative combinations from Brisbane, South Coast, Fraser Coast/Wide Bay, Central and Northern regions at the State Hockey Centre over the long weekend.
"I'll just have a go and it should just be fun," Korner said.
"I've got a few friends in the team so I thought I might as well play."
At club level Korner has been in top form, scoring in nearly every game for third-placed Valleys.
The former Wests striker also left the door open to an Ipswich competition return in the future.
"I am actually enjoying having my weekends and not having so much hockey to commit to," she said. "Maybe next year I'll come and play in Ipswich again."
In the meantime, she's completing her teaching studies, which were often interrupted during long stints training and playing for Australia.
"I can't wait to be finished. It's good not to have missed any more of that," she said.