Rhiannon Baxter, 14, and Morgan Mathison, 13, are in the Queensland U15 team for the national championships.
Rhiannon Baxter, 14, and Morgan Mathison, 13, are in the Queensland U15 team for the national championships. Jake Jones

Experienced young players confident of under-15 gold

MORGAN Mathison and Rhiannon Baxter have a lot of high-level hockey experience, each having enjoyed several trips with Queensland squads.

Their wealth of knowledge means there will be few nerves when they take on the rest of the country, starting on Saturday in Hobart at the Under-15 Australian championships.

The two Gladstone players have been selected to the first Queensland squad, and are ready to take on the best in the country.

"This is my sixth team. We have come first or second every year I have played," Mathison, 13, and playing in the higher age group, said.

"I am a little bit nervous. I am excited about going to compete," Baxter said.

A total of 11 teams will contest the championships over eight days.

Both Gladstone girls are keen to make an impact, and are confident of making the return trip with a gold medal in hand.

"I think the team will go good, we all work together well," Baxter said.

"I hope to win, but I just want to beat New South Wales," Mathison said laughingly.

"There are 11 teams going and we do have an easy pool."



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