Impressive talent back in swing
ELECTRIFYING Ipswich hockey talent Tim Bates was impressing the right people when selected to represent Australia at last year’s Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia.
A painful knock to his left hand in his fourth international match suddenly halted his progress.
Bates dislocated his front knuckle, received a break between the knuckle and middle finger joint, and ruptured a tendon.
At home this week reflecting on the ordeal, Bates was thrilled to have fully recovered.
“It took a while,” he said. “It happened in May and it took me until October to be able to hold on to a stick again.
“But it’s all healed now.”
Bates has been told to wear a protective glove in future matches.
But being a confident young man backing his ability, he doubts he’ll use one.
The former St Edmund’s College student still bears the scars of his hand surgery. But he looks fit, having spent some time at home with his family and friends.
“I feel pretty good,” Bates said, having been in the gym and doing lots of cycling.
“Michael (Tim’s twin brother) and I bought some road bikes and we’ve been cycling as well.”
The pair has been doing 60-80km rides every Saturday with a group from the Yellow Jersey Bike Shop.
“It’s been good to get off my feet running and do something different,” he said.
“It’s good socially as well.
“I’m going back (to Perth) with a pretty fresh mind. It’s always good to get away from the hockey side of things for a while.”