Gympie hockey star veteran Queensland masters call
BEN Fitzpatrick is no stranger to wearing the maroon for Queensland.
He has worn it a number of times in his hockey career and has even worn the green and gold.
But yesterday the hockey stalwart and development officer was celebrating selection in his first Queensland over 35's side at the state masters titles held in Gympie.
Gympie coach Neil McKean said Fitzpatrick was the stand out performer of the weekend, controlling the game from centre half.
He is the latest in a number of Gympie veterans selected in Queensland sides.
At a recent over 40's carnival in Ipswich, McKean was selected in the number one over 40's side, Tony Mills in the number two 40's side, Dave Dixon and Darren Browne in number two over 45's team, Errol Dean in the number one over 60's side and Brian Blacker in the number two over 60's team.
Fitzpatrick said he was happy with his selection.
"I didn't know whether to nominate. I was supposed to be in Darwin as assistant coach at the under-13 nationals," Fitzpatrick said.
"I will be going to Cairns now," he said.
Fitzpatrick thanked his team mates, saying the side's performance helped his selection.
"Gympie went better than I expected," he said.
"We lost the Div 2 final 2-1 and only got outclassed in one game against Bundy.
"They ended up winning the whole thing.
"It was an awesome carnival."