HOT: Cooloola Heat’s Neil McKean (pictured) and team manager Tony Mills have made the over 40s Queensland team.
HOT: Cooloola Heat’s Neil McKean (pictured) and team manager Tony Mills have made the over 40s Queensland team. Contributed

Heat on fire at QLD Masters Hockey Championship

HOCKEY: The Gympie masters representative team was third in the Queensland Men's Masters Hockey Championships at Ipswich.

The Gympie team competed against teams from all over the state in division one of the over 40 age group, from last Friday to Sunday .

There were 16 teams in the age group, split equally in to division one and two.

Team manager Tony Mills said making the top three teams in the state was Gympie's best ever result in the competition.

TOP RESULT: The Gympie Master’s hockey side finished third at the state titles in Ipswich over the weekend. Pictured (back from left) are Curtis Dray, Errol Dean, Adrian Lindsey, Dave Dixon, Tony Wildman, Ben Fitzpatrick, Dean McEwan, Tony McKean and David Perry. (Front) John Daly, Tony Mills, Neil McKean, Darren Browne, Brian Blacker and Neil Gartrell.
TOP RESULT: The Gympie Master’s hockey side finished third at the state titles in Ipswich over the weekend. Pictured (back from left) are Curtis Dray, Errol Dean, Adrian Lindsey, Dave Dixon, Tony Wildman, Ben Fitzpatrick, Dean McEwan, Tony McKean and David Perry. (Front) John Daly, Tony Mills, Neil McKean, Darren Browne, Brian Blacker and Neil Gartrell. Contributed

The were fifth last year and sixth the year before that.

Mills said captain Darren Browne played outstanding hockey at full back and coach Neil McKean and John Daly were great as inners for the side.

Ben Fitzpatrick and David Perry did well in their first year in the competition.

He said the team played five pool games before facing off against the Gold Coast in the semi finals.

"There wasn't anyone who wasn't half broken down by the time we got to semis," he said.

In Gympie's first game they defeated Townsville 3-1, went down to Brisbane Pink 5-2, beat Brisbane Gold 4-1, defeated Cairns 3-1 and drew with Brisbane Green two all.

Mills said in the semi-final they were tying with the Gold Coast with 10 minutes to go but unfortunately lost 5-2.

"The Gold Coast went on to win the competition," he said.

Everyone came away with injuries and no one was one hundred per cent fit for the semi-final.

Mills said the Gympie side was notified yesterday that Darren Browne and David Dixon made the over 45s Queensland team while Neil McKean and Mills have made the over 40s Queensland team.

"We had half an inkling that we would be selected," he said.

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