Midfielder eyes national title
DAGUN hockey player Majella Barnes launched her campaign for national glory in Brisbane yesterday as a member of the Queensland squad contesting the Under 15 National Hockey Championships.
Barnes, 15, is playing midfield in the 16-strong team and is hopeful of capturing the title.
The emerging player secured a berth on the side earlier this year in July after playing in a Sunshine Coast representative team in Mackay during the State Titles.
Despite the side falling short of a top finish, Barnes' exceptional on-field skills and tenacity against some of Queensland's most gifted talent attracted the eye of selectors.
Barnes' latest appearance in a Queensland side is the third time she has claimed the honour, highlighting plenty of potential.
Speaking with The Gympie Times earlier this year upon learning she had made the Queensland side, Barnes said she one day hoped to play for the Sunshine Scorchers.
“It's my ultimate dream and I really just want to keep working to make that happen,” she said.
The training that has gone into making an appearance on the Queensland squad possible has been gruelling, by anyone's terms.
Countless hours on the hockey field and in the gym have transformed Barnes' body.
“I feel more fit and I have a lot more strength,” she said.
“It really helps when you go in to tackle.”
Playing for the Scorchers is a dream the young player is closing in on, and her performance in Brisbane over the coming days will be another piece of the puzzle.