Hockey player makes Australian rep team

Lindsay Mathison has been selected for the Australian schoolgirls under-16s hockey team to play in Europe next year.
Lindsay Mathison has been selected for the Australian schoolgirls under-16s hockey team to play in Europe next year. Luka Kauzlaric

A FIVE-time Queensland representative, Lindsay Mathison is well-known around hockey fields all across the state and has slowly become a name to fear at national tournaments across Australia.

Returning from Adelaide recently with a second national title from her five attempts, Mathison showed the whole country why her last name has become so well known.

In addition to a gold medal around her neck, she will receive a green and gold uniform in the coming months in preparation for a trip to Europe in May next year.

"It is Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands," she said about the tour.

"I was so stoked and surprised."

The 16-year-old's first Australian team, the schoolgirls under-16 side, is dominated with Queensland names after the state won the title over New South Wales.

Although not completely satisfied she played her best hockey in Adelaide, Mathison had an amazing average when it came to converting on the scoreboard.

"I played all across the midfield. I nearly got a goal a game," she said.

"The games were fast. The standard was a lot higher than the usual weekends," Mathison said.

The Australian honour will keep Mathison busy while many of her local Meteors teammates take a rest from the game over the off-season.

She will be making sure to keep her skills sharp and fitness at peak all summer.

"I will have a little bit of a break and then I will have to train for 18s if I make it," she said.

Mathison's younger sister, Morgan, has a shadow position for the team.

The two girls are well accustomed to training together and are likely to try and simulate the level of hockey awaiting in Europe.

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