Swifts captain Anne-Marie Callow (left) still enjoys her hockey as she moves into another phase of her sporting career.
Swifts captain Anne-Marie Callow (left) still enjoys her hockey as she moves into another phase of her sporting career. Rob Williams

Callow uses secret hockey weapon

AS one of Ipswich's longest-serving players, Anne-Marie Callow is still dangerous with a hockey stick in the goal circle.

Scoring her team's first and fourth goals on Saturday afternoon proved that.

The striker, popularly known as "Ammo", continues to regularly produce hat-tricks in the Ipswich A-grade competition.

However, after sharing in Swifts' latest 4-0 victory over Norths, the inspirational captain spoke of a new hockey passion.

"I'll probably move more into the coaching realm," Callow said.

Callow has already served with the Queensland's women development team on trips to New Zealand and China.

She's hoping to be part of another development tour to Kuala Lumpur later this year.

As she nears the end of her A-grade playing career, Callow has also been invited to be a selector for the national league.

"It's a slight change in direction but I still loving playing," the former national representative said.

Callow has been a leader in several premiership-winning teams, including Swifts' past two grand final successes.

However, chasing a Swifts' hat-trick this year provides a new challenge with the Bluebirds having lost a number of senior players.

"We're certainly a different side from last year," Callow said.

"We had a lot of experienced players leave at the end of last year so we've got a lot of Reserve grade girls coming up each week who are doing a fantastic job for us.

"We've had a few players who have really had an opportunity to shine and they've being doing well."

Callow was a foundation member of the Swifts A-grade team.

"The first three years we were just building a club, the next three were about chasing a premiership, and we're probably back to that rebuilding phase again," Callow said. "It's exciting."

In the latest match, the ever-dependable Bronnie Webb scored Swifts' second goal before halftime.

A superb strike by consistent performer Di Casey put the defending premiers 3-0 ahead.

Kirsty Bennett played an important part in the third goal, after regularly slicing through the Norths' defence.

"She (Bennett) has really stepped up this year," Callow said. "She got a lot more confidence out of last year (being part of the premiership success)."

Despite problems with illness, injury and player unavailability, Swifts are progressing steadily.

"We're starting to get a bit of a flow but like anything, we've got a lot of players out from week to week," said Callow, who works in behaviour management with Education Queensland.



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