Ipswich brothers become a valuable hockey force
FOR two brothers with different personalities, it's a terrific family achievement that they are progressing in similar directions.
That's the case for Yamanto-based talents Zac and Riley Profke.
Both boys have been chosen to represent Queensland Schoolboy sides at national championships in coming weeks.
Zac, 15 next month, is off to Melbourne in early August to represent the state school under-16 side for the first time. He previously represented Queensland under-12 teams.
Zac was also part of the Queensland under-15 side from club hockey that won a gold medal the national titles in April. He's in the Queensland under-18 squad being finalised next year.
Riley, 12, is heading to Cairns on July 27 for the national titles.
It will be his second year representing the under-12 schoolboys team.
Parents Jenny and Steve have long supported the boys who play for Norths in the Ipswich competition and for Saints in the Brisbane competition.
"One (parent) takes one and the other one takes the other,'' Jenny said when asked how they juggle their weekend commitments.
However, the loyal hockey family make it work with halfback/fullback Zac playing J1 in Brisbane on Friday nights and for Norths' A and Reserve grade teams in Ipswich over the weekend.
St Edmund's year 10 student Zac is in his first full season of A-grade, having shared in Norths' Reserve grade premiership success last year. He was one of the stars scoring a vital goal in extra-time shoot-outs.
Riley plays in the J1 and J2 Ipswich competitions, and in the under-13 Brisbane competition.
The centre half/centre forward is in year seven at Bremer State High.
While delighted to see both boys achieving representative success, Jenny noted their different attributes.
While last year's Ipswich junior male player of the year Zac is more outgoing and quick to show his emotions, Riley is considered the quiet achiever.
However, they share a strong bond.
"They have always played together at Norths,'' Jenny said.
"This is the first year where the boys haven't played in the same team at club level (with Zac moving into A-grade).''
Rising umpire Zac also officiated in his first A-grade women's match recently between Wests and Bellbowrie.