Queensland rep call up
HOCKEY: The next generation of Gladstone hockey stars is looking good with the continued success of Queensland representative selection hours after a dominant display in the recent state carnival.
Ryley Bobart and Tyson Shailer gained selection in the under-15 Queensland squad and Hayden Pease for the under-16 Queensland Development squad.
Bobart was pleased with his building on previous representative selections and learning new skills.
"I have worked hard over the last 10 years and had selection with the under-13 Cutters twice a couple of years ago and other representative selections," Bobart said.
"I'm going to have to work more on my fitness ... and learn how to do overheads on the fly.
"When I go away it's always fun to be able to catch up with some old friends as well."
Shailer took to goalkeeping almost by accident, when no one else would.
"There wasn't any goalkeepers when I first started to play and so I put the pads on and had a go," Shailer said.
"It's pretty exciting to get selected because it's the first time for me making the under-15 state squad."
While the regular season might be over, the training and skills sessions continue for the two players who go to Brisbane in January.
"I'm going to work on my fitness to make my flexibility better to help be a better goalkeeper," Shailer said.
Pease was looking forward to the challenge the north camp squad would offer in Townsville next month.
"It's exciting to be selected in a high-level team as a high-level player and going to this camp to further develop my playing skills," Pease said.
After going through undefeated in the under-15 Division 2 state championships at the Sunshine Coast, the trio were named for the representative duties. Bobart was named Division 2 Player of the Carnival.
The Gladstone team scored over 30 goals and conceded one in seven games at the carnival.