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Flint in masterful touch ahead of European Cup

YOUTHFUL EXHUBERANCE: Ray Flint, 67, will play for the Australian Southern Cross team in Glasgow next month.
YOUTHFUL EXHUBERANCE: Ray Flint, 67, will play for the Australian Southern Cross team in Glasgow next month. Paul Braven GLA170717HOCKEY

HOCKEY: Age shall not weary them.

This classic Anzac Day analogy can also apply to 67-year-old Ray Flint who has been selected in the Over-65 Southern Cross Hockey team to travel to Scotland to take part in the European Cup from August 14-28.

 

Flint, who still plays for the Sparks Hockey Club in the A2 men's domestic competition, said he is looking forward to show what he has got against other countries.

While players have to nominate, Flint said they still have to perform in order to get selected.

"The Southern Cross group are an organisation in grand masters hockey and they call us the grand masters because we are over 60," Flint said.

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"Masters are over-35s to 60 and Southern Cross Hockey were based in Victoria and the selection process is that you have to nominate.

"They have selectors at the Australian titles which was in Adelaide this year and that's how they work it out."

Southern Cross will have a stronger blue side, which Flint is in, and a red side.

Flint is in his 21st season as a Queensland masters state player, but has been called upon international duties for the first time.

"That's since I was in the 45 division and so I have got a lot of Queensland mates, all over Queensland," Flint said.

"I can't go anywhere without somebody saying 'well you must stay with us'.

"It's getting to be the same with Southern Cross hockey."

Flint started playing the sport in Gladstone more than 50 years ago and knows how to look after himself - a key ingredient to his longevity as a player.

"It's mainly running and biking and training and the Sparks let me train with their A-grade squad which certainly improves my quickness and awareness of what's happening around me," Flint said.

Flint said retirement plans as a player are not in the plans.

"Until I get an injury," Flint said with a smile.

"All my mates, the ones I used to play hockey with, have knee injuries, but I have been extremely lucky over the years.

"So I'll just keep going for as long as I can."

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