Masters players return from Nationals
Mens and womens Masters Hockey is alive and well on the Fraser Coast after a number of players and officials attended The Australian Masters championships. The men competed in Hobart and the women in Newcastle from 23/9/17 to 8/10/17.
Former Granville Tigers player Joel Helmstedt won Gold in the O35 division and was selected in the Australian team. Ian Warren was Assistant Coach and Vicki Warren Manager of the victorious team.
In the O45 2nd division Colts and Hervey Bay Brother’s player, Brian Scholl Captained the Qld team to victory.
In the O50 2nd Division Brothers player Terry Elmer and Colts and Hervey Bay Brothers, John Paterson won Gold. Elmer was the competitions equal leading scorer with four goals. John Paterson was the Qld Sharks Captain/ Coach. The team remained undefeated for the entire carnival with 6 wins and two draws. The team was well managed by Brothers Life Member Tony McCarthy.
In the O55 1st division Brothers Malcolm Lindsay performed well with this team finishing out of the medals despite strong pool games.
The O60 1st division team took home Bronze with Colts stalwart Ian Heselwood featuring strongly. Heselwood’s performance saw him selected as a shadow player for the Australian O60’s.
The O60 2nd Division won Silver with Brothers Denis Kettle and Richard Senior representing.
This caps off a great year for local Men’s Masters Hockey following the very successful O60’s carnival in Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast’s O50’s winning Division 2 in Townsville in May this year.
The women were also represented well with Myra Reilly, Lynne Bray and Gloria Weller in the O60’s age group, Diane Fraser O55’s and Jenny Trotman in the O45’s. Rosely Giddey attended as a National Selector and Vicki Warren as Technical Official and Judge.
Di Fraser and Myra Reilly are not only sporting a Gold and Bronze medals respectively, but gained selection in Australian team.
Competition was fierce and close in all age groups with NSW often being the teams that were leading the points list in some of the age groups.
It was so tight in the 60’s division, that it all came down to the last game , where the three top teams NSW , Victoria and Queensland could have all taken out any coloured medal and the bronze medal placing was decided on goal averages the end result seeing NSW take Gold, Victoria Silver and Queensland Bronze.
Di Fraser 55;s team on the other hand had more than their usual challenges to cope with. Diane collided with the goalie in her 4th match and sustained a fractured clavicle which required surgery. However her team rallied and took out the 55’s final in the dying minutes against WA 1 nil to take the gold medal.
Jenny Trotman’s 45’s team, after leading for a good three quarters of the game, unfortunately went down in the last quarter of the match narrowly missing out on the bronze medal a credible performance by Jenny.
Being selected in the Australia team will see Di Fraser, Myra Reilly and Joel Helmstedt compete at the Masters World Cup in Barcelona, Spain next year.