Queensland hockey indoor shadow
GYMPIE hockey sensation Drew Wenzel has come home from Rockhampton with a Queensland under 16 indoor shadow spot, after only playing the smaller version of the game for five weeks.
Along with the state selection, the 14-year-old was awarded the trophy for the best under 14 player at the carnival.
The James Nash State High School student is a regular in the Queensland field hockey side making the team three times since he was 12 but he never expected anything after his team’s performance in Rockhampton.
The Gympie product played for Brisbane two in the state carnival, because Gympie has no representative indoor hockey sides.
He started playing in Brisbane five weeks ago to try and improve his inclose stick skills and short passing game and got selected in the second Brisbane team.
Indoor hockey is played on a field less than a quarter of the size of a normal outdoor field and the sidelines are walled to stop the ball from going out of play.
“It is a bit different to outdoor hockey,” Wenzel said.
“It is quicker and teams score a lot more goals.”
Goals were one thing Wenzel didn’t score while away.
In Gympie he usually plays up front in the local social competition and has a high strike rate, but for Brisbane two he played fullback.
“No other players in the team could defend,” Wenzel said.
“I didn’t score any goals but I was kept busy tackling people.
“Winning the award was really shocking.
“We came second last.
“I have only been playing for five weeks and other people in the team had been playing for ages.
“I didn’t know there was a prize and I wasn’t expecting to get anything and then to win best under 14 player and get selected as a shadow in the state team was great.”
Wenzel should find out within the next month if he is needed to step up into the state team, while he is waiting he will continue playing for his home team ‘Team Australia’ in their Gympie indoor hockey competition.