Gympie girls picked for Wide Bay
A GYMPIE girls hockey team tackling the Wide Bay trials last year impressed their coach Dan Stanieg.
The team may not have been among the winners, but the commitment of players promised plenty of potential for the future.
Stanieg was so confident this year would bring more success with more practice he made special promise to his players – one cartwheel for each goal scored.
Stanieg's hands must still have grass stains on them after his team fulfilled their potential in Hervey Bay last month at the 2010 Wide Bay trials.
Four Gympie Zone players gained selection in the Wide Bay Primary School girls team.
They included: Maddy Austin (Central State Primary School), Annie Collins (Gympie South), Stephanie Mills (Gympie South) and Shanelle Adams (St Patricks).
Gympie Hockey publicity officer Desli Adams is still excited about the achievement.
“They have done themselves, their schools and their club proud by being selected in the Wide Bay Primary School girls side,” she said.
“It has taken a couple of concentrated years to lift our young girls to the level required and coach Dan Stanieg was proud of the result this year.”
In addition to the four girls selected in the Wide Bay side, now destined for Queensland competition later this year, another four were short-listed in the possibles and probables, only to just miss out due to the high calibre of competition.
Adams said she expected big things of the girls.
“The confidence and skill level of our local young players has improved immensely in the last couple of years with Gympie Hockey expecting big things,” she said.
Meanwhile, Gympie boys also took part in the trials, aiming for Wide Bay selection.
Although no Gympie boys made the cut, four were short-listed in the possibles and probables, proving their talent was identified by the selectors.
“Next year should be the boys' year to shine,” Adams said.