HIDDEN SKILL: Jeff Daley said goal-keepers are required to be as fit, if not more, than those who play in other positions on the hockey pitch.
HIDDEN SKILL: Jeff Daley said goal-keepers are required to be as fit, if not more, than those who play in other positions on the hockey pitch. Mike Richards GLA290717JHOC

LISTEN: Coach to put on a goal-keeping clinic

HOCKEY: An esteemed goal-keeping coach will take charge in sessions tomorrow from 9.30am at Rigby Park in conjunction with Gladstone Hockey Association.

Jeff Daley will give invaluable tips to Gladstone's aspiring next generation of 'keepers in order to keep the trend of talented players progressing through the ranks.

"This clinic will be entitled to what I picked up at the state titles and what the goal-keeper should be working on," Daley said.

"I lot of that is one touch of clearing the ball out of the circle, hip and body rotations, directing the ball away from the goal box."

Maryborough-based Daley said that he has a successful strike-rate of 'keepers who have forged successful pathways for themselves.

"One of the young ladies who I used to coach Grace O'Hanlon, she is now the current goal-keeper for the New Zealand women," he said.

"I coached Grace since she was under-11s right through until she left to go to university."

Daley said he also has coached Jess Switzer who is currently in the Australian field and indoor hockey development squads.

Switzer is also in the Australian Country U21 squad.

"I have also coached Jess ever since she was in U11," Daley said.

There's a deep sense of satisfaction for Daley to see youngsters develop into class goal-keepers.

"It is very, very pleasing and I'm a great believer of not throwing the baby out with the water and I'm there for everybody," he said.

"These two girls were absolutely exceptional, but all the goal-keepers that I work on are in the state sides and even club sides - they work very hard for me."