HOCKEY: The star continues to rise for Meteors' hockey prodigy Ryley Bobart.
The 13-year-old has made selection for the 2017-18 Under-13 Queensland Indoor Boy's Shots team that will play in the Australian U13 Indoor Championships in Goulburn, New South Wales from January 12-15.
Ryley starred at the recent U13 State Indoor Team Challenge in Rockhampton.
He is also aims to attend the upcoming U15 trials in March to be in the running for selection in either Queensland's number one or two teams.
"I just wanted to train and I really wanted to make the number one team, but playing for Queensland, it doesn't matter because you are playing for your state," Ryley said.
"Making the Queensland number two team is good anyway."
Ryley said he has improved in several areas in the past few months that has helped raise his game to another level.
"I think I have improved my fitness a lot and just my decision making in knowing when to throw the ball and when to hold the ball as well as my leadership," Ryley said.
His dad Shannon Bobart and Jordyn Wilson have been the mainstays toward his development, but Ryley has not forgotten others.
"Andy McGuire's been doing the elite squad and Craig Mathison back when I was younger," Ryley said of the other coaches.
He has tasted senior level hockey in the Gladstone Hockey Association A1 competition as a boy amongst men.
This has undoubtedly fast-tracked his development as well.
"The pace is so much quicker than U13 and U16 this year, so playing up there makes it a lot easier to play in my own age group," Ryley said.
With end of year school holidays fast approaching, Ryley said he won't rest on his laurels.
"Just keeping my fitness up will be good because I don't want to drop it down too much," Ryley said.
"Next year I want to make the Capricornia U19s team."