Susan Aitkenhead-Brown was part of the Australian Country hockey team that won a silver medal at the Arafure Games in Darwin.
Susan Aitkenhead-Brown was part of the Australian Country hockey team that won a silver medal at the Arafure Games in Darwin.

Susan shows winning hockey style in exciting week

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE hockey star Susan Aitkenhead-Brown was happy to be back home in Gladstone after one of the biggest weeks of her life.

Aitkenhead-Brown was the vicecaptain of the Australian Country team which won a silver medal at last week's Arafura Games in Darwin and on top of that accepted a surprise marriage proposal from boyfriend John Kendall while in the Northern Territory.

'It was certainly one of the most emotional weeks I have had in my life all right,' Aitkenhead-Brown said.

Australian Country won five of their six matches at the Games to take home silver, with their only loss on Day two against the gold medal-winning Malaysian Sports Council proving costly.

'We were disappointed to lose against the Malaysians because we had 20 chances and scored one, while they had five and scored three.

'In the end that loss cost us the chance of winning the gold medal,' she said. Aitkenhead-Brown was pleased with her own performance at the Games which included scoring three goals.

'Personally, I was happy with the way I played and it was nice to score some goals,' she said.

Aitkenhead-Brown added the chance to play teams from Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Fiji and Singapore was a great experience for her.

'Each of the teams we played had their different styles of playing hockey and to experience that type of competition makes you a better player,' she said.

'The standard of play was pretty good, especially against the better teams.'

Unfortunately, the Games were the last representative competition for the Souths star who moves to Cloncurry with Kendall next weekend.

'It was a funny feeling after the last game because all these people were coming up and hugging me, which made me realise my career is nearly over,' she said.

Aitkenhead-Brown is gearing up for her final match on Saturday for Souths against Meteors and is looking forward to finishing her decorated career in fine style.

'Hopefully we can get a win, that would be a nice way to finish,' she said.



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