Queensland pride for hockey trio
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE trio Norma Smith, Cheryl Heard and Robyn Black are counting down the sleeps until they head to Melbourne for next month's Australian Womens Veteran's Hockey Championships.
Smith and Heard have retained their places in the Queensland over-55 team which won the title in Perth last year, while Black has been named in the Maroons' over50 line-up.
This year's championships is set to be a special one for Smith, who has been named as the Maroons' vice-captain for what will be her seventh appearance at the titles.
Smith was humbled and honoured to get the vice-captaincy. "To be named vice-captain was a surprise, but I am very honoured and hopefully can do the job well,' Smith said.
When questioned about why she remains as keen as ever to be part of the state team, Smith replied:
'We have a lot of fun when we go away, all the girls in the team enjoy each other's company and I love the competition.''
Heard, a three-time Queensland representative, is looking forward to the prospect of defending last year's title.
'It is a big challenge for us to win the title again,'' she said.
'Last year was great for me to be part of and hopefully we can defend it this year.'
Heard added that the Maroons were looking forward to locking horns with fierce rivals New South Wales yet again.
'We always have a big rivalry with New South Wales, we really dislike them and build up for each game against them,' she said.
Meanwhile, Black is also making her third state appearance and is expected to line up as a striker in the over-50 team.
'I can't wait to be part of the Queensland team again, the whole experience to play at that level is a buzz,'' Black said.
The Championships begin on September 23 and finish on October 2.