Skipper goes out in gutsy style
SOUTHS skipper and representative star Susan AitkenheadBrown bowed out from Gladstone hockey with a loss but not without handing in a typically gutsy performance.
Souths went down 1-0 to Meteors in their Gladstone and District Hockey Association A1 women's clash at Rigby Park on Saturday ? Aitkenhead-Brown's last with the club before departing to Cloncurry this week.
A goal to Darrelle Ah'See proved the only difference between the side in a tight clash which, although she could not generate a win, AitkenheadBrown said was a "nice game'' to finish with.
The Australian Country representative and former member of the short-lived but successful Axial Eagles Gladstone side said her final game was not a sad occasion.
'It's a bit strange (playing her last game) but I'm satisfied it's over and I'm moving on to new things,' she said.
Long-term club rival and former Eagles team-mate Jill Mathison said Aitkenhead-Brown had finished on a high note.
'She played hard as she always does,' Mathison said.'We both enjoy playing against each other and it was hard and tough but played in the right spirit.
'She never gives up ? you can never switch off on her.'
Aitkenhead-Brown said Mathison had played a role in her success in the sport.
'Jill gives me inspiration to keep going,' she said. 'She's a real team person, I call her 'my rock' because she's solid in every aspect of the game and a good role model for the kids.'