MVP: Gladstone captain Ryley Bobart in action against Ipswich at the U13 State Championships.
MVP: Gladstone captain Ryley Bobart in action against Ipswich at the U13 State Championships. Matt Harris

Recognition to continue for hockey carnival's top player

HOCKEY: Fresh from leading the Gladstone Under-13 Boys to a respectable ninth place in Division 1 at the State Championships, Meteors junior Ryley Bobart has been named player of the tournament.

The 13-year-old was outstanding for the Gladstone side during the four-day carnival at Rigby Park, scoring seven goals from the high fullback position.

"I wasn't expecting to get the award, there's a bunch of good players at state who could have won it,” Ryley said.

The accolades are expected to continue for Ryley, who is highly tipped to be named in the Queensland U13 side when it is announced at 9am this morning.

Ryley's father Shannon, the Gladstone U13 Boys' coach, believes his son's selection as player of the tournament should translate into state selection.

Not only is Bobart senior proud of Ryley's achievement, he brought a lot to what was a very young and inexperienced Gladstone side.

"I'm very proud to have him and he's a great asset to the team,” Bobart said.

"One of the great things selectors said when he got the (player of the tournament) award was that he played for the team and not for himself.

"His work ethic and work rate was through the roof, which is what they look for.

"This year he wanted to work on a leadership role.

"It was a little difficult at times with 10 and 11-year-olds in the team but he had everyone's respect by the end of it.”

Ryley said his player of the tournament award would give him a boost of confidence, especially if he was selected in the Queensland side.



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