Bianca?s star rises as hockey striker
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A BRIGHT representative future awaits Gladstone hockey player Bianca Nathan after impressing with Queensland Country at the National Country Championships in South Australia.
The 22-year-old striker played a prominent role as the Maroons charged to the final of the weeklong championship played in the Riverland town of Berri.
Unfortunately, ultimate glory was not to be for Nathan as the Queenslanders went down 3-1 to New South Wales in the grand final.
The Meteors star articulated her enjoyment of a successful debut Country campaign, but added it was a long, tough week with seven matches in eight days.
'I had good fun with the girls and it was great experience to be part of the Queensland team,' Nathan said.
'It was tough playing so many games in a short time, but I loved being part of it.'
Nathan was philosophical when she evaluated her own form, but the highlight was scoring a double against Victoria.
'I probably was not at my best overall, but it was nice to play with so many good players.
'To score a couple of goals in the 6-0 win over Victoria was probably my best game of the carnival,' she said.
Nathan also commented on the speed of the matches, saying the level of play was a step up from Gladstone fixtures.
'The games were a lot faster than what I am used to, but I thought I adjusted to that speed pretty well. To play on turf fields was nice and definitely beats playing on grass,' she said.
And the future looks bright for Nathan who has her sights set on next year's championships in Victoria.
'They are not sure where next year will be played at the moment, but we were told it will be either in Bendigo or Melbourne.
'It would be nice to be part of the team again and maybe we could go one better,' she said.