IT WAS just before class when Gladstone hockey star Morgan Mathison, 15, received the news she was hoping for.
The youngster checked her mobile phone message which read that she and fellow local Hannah Lowry have been selected in the Queensland under-21 state hockey team that will compete at the national championships in Sydney from April 10 to 17.
""I had to read it several times to make sure it was real and I was shaking," Morgan said
Morgan is one of the youngest members of the team, but according to regional development officer Wilson, there's no reason why she can't influence games.
"How she can do that is because she plays in the midfield. At state level you are in the action all of the time," Wilson said.
"Morgan's progress has gone through the roof and she was the under-15 captain last year that won the national championships."
Morgan is now based at the Gold Coast while Hannah, 16, lives in Brisbane because they moved to play in stronger competitions that will benefit their hockey.
"Morgan has four more years to play in the under-21 team and it's a real credit to her regarding her attitude and drive toward her goals," Wilson said.
Morgan plays for the Burleigh and East clubs in Brisbane and Gold Coast respectively.
Hannah, 17, did not know what to expect and waited until 9pm on Tuesday when the good news was received.
Gladstone's Rhiannon Baxter, Lindsay Mathison and Elne Bezuidenhout have been named as the team's shadows.