Gladstone duo selected for Qld team after top performances
TWO Gladstone hockey players are set to play on the national stage in September, following their stellar performances at the Under-13 Girls Queensland Hockey Championships.
Morgan Mathison and Elné Bezuidenhout travelled to Mackay during June to play with a 13-strong contingent of Gladstone representative players in division one of the championships.
The Gladstone side placed eleventh.
"We played well as a team, we just couldn't get the results," Morgan said.
Elné added: "It was a lot of fun."
At the completion of the competition, Morgan was named the overall player of the championship and selected as co-captain of the Queensland team.
"We sort of have to control the play on the field and take over the training during the warm-ups," she said of her co-captain role.
This will be the second year in a row Morgan's made the Queensland team, chosen for her strength in mid-field and striker capabilities.
"I just love playing," Morgan said.
Elné made the Queensland team as goalkeeper, having made a transition to the position a few years ago.
She first got a taste of what it was like in the goals, when the position was rotated weekly within her club team.
"I liked it, so I kept going," she said.
"When people are coming towards you your adrenaline is pretty high, because there's a bit of pressure."
The 13-year-olds will travel to Brisbane for two days to train with the rest of the Queensland team before departing to Hobart for the Australian Under-13 National Championships, which run from September 28 to October 5.
In the lead-up to then, the girls said while they would be doing their usual club training, and would also be trying to get fitter in their own time.
Both girls have been playing hockey for about seven years, and within the Gladstone Hockey Association competition Elné plays for the Sparks and Morgan plays for the Meteors.
It's clear the dedicated pair will be players to watch if they continue to improve.
Morgan said: "I definitely want to go to the Olympics."
To which, Elné added: "I didn't know I was capable of making the Queensland team; so now that I know I am, I am going to try to make it to the Olympics as well."