Olympian duo thrill youngsters at clinic
HOCKEY: Going face-to-face with two gold medal-winning Olympians is something Zoe Calis will treasure forever.
As part of their 1&9coaching program, Central Queenslanders Mark Knowles and Jamie Dwyer conducted a clinic earlier this week at the Gladstone Hockey Club fields.
Meteors player Calis said the sport has received an enormous boost here.
"For a town like Gladstone, it was a great experience to have two Australian hockey players run a clinic with us,” she said.
"They enabled us to develop the basic skills of hockey such as trapping and hitting through a number of various drills as well as teaching us how important it is to have vision in a game.”
Gladstone Hockey Association interim regional director Darren Cavanagh said there was a large contingent of youngsters at the clinic.
"We had 37 at the first group and 18 in the second group and they were under-11 and U18,” Cavanagh said.
Calis explained what one of the drills entailed where it involved awareness, reflexes and balance.
"The best part would have to be the drill which involved us sliding on a wet and soapy tarp with our stick out trying to get deflections into the box as they passed us the ball,” she said.
With round one just eight days away and a round of pre-season matches tomorrow, Calis said the Meteors women's side is looking strong.
"The A grade women's side have seen a number of new players come through this season and so far we have had a successful run in the first week of pre-season beating both sparks and Souths,” Calis said.
"We are looking forward to the upcoming local league and the Central Queensland Hockey League.”
Junior and senior pre-season matches continue tomorrow from 8.30am through to the A1 women's match between Sparks and Meteors.