YOU DON'T often associate hockey and rugby league, but Meteors Hockey Club prodigy Ryley Bobart says there is a connection.
"League helps with my acceleration which has been good for me in hockey,” 12-year-old Ryley said.
It is this attribute that got Ryley recognised as this week's Yaralla Sports Club Sports Star of the Year nomination.
"I have also tried to steer clear,” Ryley said of any risks involved with injury while playing rugby league.
Hockey is where it's at and Ryley added that it all began when he was just past the toddler stage.
"I started playing hockey when I was four years old and played my first representative game at nine years of age,” Ryley said.
"When I was nine I was carving up.”
He is well in the lower-age bracket and has completed a season playing in the Meteors boy's under-16 side and he explained how beneficial this was.
"In the under-16s, there's a lot of stronger players there and this has helped me out,” Ryley said.
And next year he expects to step it up more.
"Next year I will be playing seniors,” Ryley added.
He was a member in the victorious under-12 Queensland Schoolboys team that won the gold medal in Cairns and will play in the Australian Under-13 Championships which starts in Perth tomorrow.