The lifting of Queensland lockdown restrictions at the beginning of July came in the nick of time for 18 young hockey players from two of our local clubs.
The players were attending the 2021 Under 13’s State Hockey Championships. An early morning bus ride on Sunday 4th July allowed the girls to make their first games in Gympie, whilst the boys had to hop on a flight to Townsville with fixtures pushed back to accommodate the Brisbane teams.
It is fantastic to see so many young players enjoying their chosen sport and having the opportunity to represent at a State Championship.
Pine Rivers Saint Andrews Hockey Club, based in Brendale had five boys in Townsville, (four of whom were representing Brisbane and one playing for Mt Isa) – Mitchell Little Kinder, Jono Kirk, Logan Thomas, Jack McPherson and Jett Pickering.
The other local hockey club, Arana Ascot Hockey Club that is based in the Hills District, had 13 girls attending , with 10 playing for Brisbane and 3 for other districts. These talented girls were; Josie Burgess, Vanessa Infanti, Matilda De Silva, Poppy Lind, Isobel McKeon, Ruby Price, Leela Christie, Georgia Beal, Jordan Halliday, Madilyn Standley, Charlie Elborne, Bianca Ryan and Celeste Ryan.
With Brisbane in the running to host the Olympics in 2032, let’s hope that we may be able to see some of our locals representing their country one day.