Ipswich helps create right spirit of play
CARNIVAL convenors Murray Rogers and John Lowik had a special reason for thanking the Ipswich Hockey Association, Met West officials and dedicated band of volunteers at the state 10-12 years championships.
The annual titles provide the first taste of representative hockey for the young players.
"There were absolutely no hiccups,'' Rogers said.
"Players, officials and spectators made many positive comments throughout the tournament.''
Former Queensland and Australian representatives like Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles and Nikki Hudson came through past carnivals, along with Ipswich international players like Jordyn Holzberger.
Over a number of years, Rogers worked closely with another school sport stalwart Rob Tyler at such tournaments.
Rogers was pleased to see former students like Tim Woodford and Kris Glass enjoying coaching roles with the latest junior teams.
"Both Rob and I were very keen to start seeing some of these previous players, who are now teachers, come back through this system and help rejuvenate an ageing group,'' Rogers said.
"Kris Glass, with Darling Downs, and Tim, with Met West, are contemporaries. They have been through the system.
"They both played for their region and their state through this carnival and they know the background of it.
"The coaches certainly are great role models for the kids on how to be positive in your coaching.
"Results are important but equally as important is educating the young players how to be good winners and gracious losers.''
Rogers also highlighted the unique points system where winning teams receive three, a draw earns two points and a losing team still gets a point.
The state titles contested in Ipswich had a round robin format where every team played each other, with no grand final.
"Even if a team went through the entire competition and didn't win a game, they go home with points,'' Rogers said.
"We're trying to give people a positive experience in their very first representative hockey carnival and hopefully that will go through until they play over 60 vets.''