New coach keen to keep Hancocks at the top
NEW Hancock Brothers A-grade coach Trent Davison enjoyed working with juniors so much, he decided to broaden his focus.
That's why the Lowood State School PE and history teacher has accepted his higher hockey challenge this season.
Davison, 23 this year, has taken over the A-grade women's role from Brendan Eleison.
He'll also continue to play A grade for the Hancocks team that also won last year's premiership.
As a regular in the Ipswich competition, he hopes to juggle both jobs while learning more about the game.
"It's the first time for me (at senior level),'' Haigslea-based Davison said.
"I've done one year with Hancocks J1s back in 2011 then a couple of years at the (Ipswich) Grammar School, coaching their junior secondary teams there.
"When this opened up this year, I thought I'd put my hand up and see how I go.''
Davison said he'll apply techniques and experiences learnt from working with seasoned coaches like Martin Flanigan, Jake Burns and Bruce Robertson.
"I'm trying to replicate that and build a culture,'' he said.
The Hancocks side that beat Wests 3-0 in last year's grand final has lost some key players including Jade Hooper (Melbourne), Caitlin Sippel (injured) and Justine Parkes (not playing at this stage).
However, the defending premiers have retained plenty of experience led by Australian Country captain Sara Rogers and with rising talents like Queensland under-21 player Layla Eleison.
"We don't want to be one-hit wonders, particularly the girls,'' he said.
Davison said that would be a big focus, also showing his intent to help the Hancocks men similarly challenge strongly for back-to-back premierships.
Early contenders for the goalkeeping role are new arrival Elizabeth Claire and regular club member Breeana Conway.
The Hancocks women have played a trial against Brisbane Ascot as they finalise preparations for the new season.