Ipswich players rewarded with Queensland selection
IPSWICH-based hockey players Kelly McNamara and Emily Witheyman-Crump have shared in the latest success of the Queensland under-18 team.
The talented state teammates were part of the side that won a gold medal at the recent Australian under-18 championships in Hobart.
The Queenslanders beat NSW 2-0 in the final to remain unbeaten throughout the tournament.
Marburg-based McNamara plays A Grade for Hancock Brothers in the Ipswich competition, with Yamanto goalkeeper Witheyman-Crump lining up for Wests.
The Queensland under-18 boys' number team, including Pine Mountain-based player Caleb McCoombes, finished sixth at the under-18 tournament.
Gabby Nicholls, from Flinders View, represented Queensland's number two under-18 team that came seventh.
The latest under-18 success came as other regional players were being selected in state teams.
Goalkeeper Cade Banditt and Jarrod Brown were chosen in the Queensland Blades squad.
The final combination will play against teams from Australia's seven other states and territories from September 28-October 8 in Perth.
Banditt and South West teammate Ryan Smith were named the Queensland under-21 men's squad.
Ipswich-based players Layla Eleison, Jordyn Holzberger, Jade Emblem and Jade Close were chosen in the Queensland Scorchers squad for the women's national league tournament.
The Scorchers will be looking to defend their title after taking out the AHL Championship in 2015 and 2016.
The Blades placed fifth in 2016 after winning the title in 2015.
In other selections, Eleison and Emblem were also chosen in the Queensland under-21 squads. They represented the South West Lumberjills that finished third at last weekend's Super League championships.
The Queensland under-21 squads are preparing for the Australian men's and women's national championships in Wollongong from July 6-14.
Ipswich competition goalkeeper Shahna Hamment was named in the Queensland Country team.
Kai Douglas, Dean Jeffrey, Chris Mantell and Jay Pavitt were selected in the latest Queensland Country men's team.
The Queensland Country sides will begin preparations for the 2017 Australian Country Championships in Townsville from August 11-19.
The latest squads were named after last weekend's Super League champion- ships in Brisbane.