Nathan Stephens in action for Wide Bay at the State Schoolboys carnival in Townsville. Stephens and Joey Collins made Queensland sides.
Nathan Stephens in action for Wide Bay at the State Schoolboys carnival in Townsville. Stephens and Joey Collins made Queensland sides. Craig Warhurst

Heat young guns make Queensland

COOLOOLA Heat hockey players Nathan Stephens and Joey Collins have returned from the Schoolboys State Titles in Townsville selected in the Queensland side.

Stephens was selected in the open schoolboys Queensland team to tour New Zealand and Collins selected in the under 16 team to play at the National Championships in Bunbury, Western Australia.

Fellow Heat player Drew Wenzel was selected as a shadow for the under 16 Queensland team.

The result is great news for Gympie Hockey and shows the talent in the town is starting to make its mark on the state scene.

“We had six Gympie kids in the Wide Bay side and now to get two and a shadow in the Queensland team shows we are a hockey centre on the move,” Wenzel said.

The Wide Bay team ended up fourth overall at the state titles.

James Nash State High school teacher and manager of the Wide Bay side Peter Chatman said the team was unlucky not to be in the final after finishing undefeated and top of their pool.

The Wide Bay side lost their major semi final 2-1 to South Coast after dominating the game.

Chatman said the team played well, but injury to fullback Joey Collins and an inability to get the ball in the box lost Wide Bay the game. “That’s finals hockey though,” Chatman said.

Wide Bay then played off for third and fourth against Northern, but the suspension of Maryborough based striker Cody Goldenstein and injury to Collins left the team with only one substitute and they lost 2-1 after some contentious umpiring decisions.

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