Flint and his mates have made the grade again
HOCKEY: Age shall not wary them.
And this apt Anzac Day quote can best describe Ray Flint, who has again been selected in the Queensland Over-65 side on the back of a strong personal performance at the recent Queensland Men's Hockey Over-60 Carnival in Hervey Bay.
Flint, who plays for Sparks in the A2 men's competition is not the only one from Gladstone who earned recognition.
Gladstone Souths pair Dave Watts and Bryan Horton join Flint with state selection.
Watts will be the shadow in the state O65 side while Horton will play in Queensland's O70 team.
The Queensland teams will play in the Masters Australian Championships in Ballina and Lismore from September 21 to October 6.
"I was just crawling,” Flint laughed yesterday while he was driving back to Gladstone from Hervey Bay.
But in all seriousness, Flint was in fine form for the Dugongs team and played in midfield.
"We performed really well with two wins, a draw and two losses, but they were not big losses,” he said.
"We gelled together really well.”
While these masters types of events creates life-long friendships between team-mates and players in opposite teams, Flint said the competitive juices still flow once players cross the white line.
And that is where players can earn their stripes for state selection.
"If you don't perform, you don't get in,” he said bluntly.
"There were 53 players trying out for the team in the O65s and of course only 18 were named and about five reserves.”
The Hervey Bay carnival has been previously staged on the Sunshine Coast, but was moved to Hervey Bay last year so that the event could attract more players from Queensland.
Flint has been a regular masters state player since he first broke into the teams in the U40s.