Nathan shining star as Maroons lose again

THE STRUGGLES continued for Bianca Nathan and her Queensland team-mates who suffered a 4-1 loss to a rampant South Australia on day three of the Australian Open Indoor Hockey Championships in Wollongong.

Gladstone star Nathan was one of the shining lights in the second loss in as many days for the Maroons team.

Queensland coach John Bass said Nathan's performance to date in the championships had been pleasing.

'Bianca is certainly going very well for us,' Bass said.

'Her experience in indoor hockey has helped her and has really exceeded all the expectations so far.

'Considering it is her first year at the championships, Bianca has played very well.'

Bass, while disappointed with the back-to-back losses, is confident his team can turn the corner in today's clash against traditional rivals New South Wales.

'It doesn't matter how you are going in the tournament, Queensland always fire up against New South Wales,' Bass said.

'We match up very well against them and are confident of scoring a victory.'

Bass added Nathan was a popular member of the Queensland squad and would continue to play a prominent role as the championships progress.

'Bianca has illustrated when she has played that she can handle the speed of the game, so I expect her to continue to play a big role for the remainder of our campaign,' he said.

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