HOCKEY: Dylan Elliot will be the new face around Rockhampton hockey fields this season, having been recently appointed as the Rockhampton Hockey regional coaching director.
Elliot, who has played hockey since the age of six and represented the Queensland Blades, recently relocated to Rockhampton from Bundaberg and has big plans for the sport this season.
Already in the full swing of things, Elliot said he had been training five young star players in preparation for Queensland Hockey team trials this weekend.
"I've got five players, Dylan Plummer, Douglas Buckley, Clinton McKay, Ainslee Deeth and Deyonte Fraser, hard in training four days a week for the under-18 Queensland squad trials this weekend," Elliot said. "They're trialling in Brisbane and have been training really well, they're well prepared and I've been very thorough to prepare them to a much higher level than they're going to need to make the teams."
With the season kick-off fast approaching; Elliot said we can expect to see the first round of senior fixtures being played from March 16, with the juniors starting the following weekend on March 23 and plenty of representative action in coming months.
"We're also sending junior representative teams to Mackay in May for the zone championships," he said.
Elliot has also been involved in Hockey Australia initiative 'Hook in 2 Hockey' with Rockhampton hosting sign-on and come-and-try days over the last few weeks. "The Hook in 2 Hockey program has been going well," Elliot said.
"We had 30 kids show up at the last Hook in 2 Hockey day and since then we've had 20 new players sign up."
The Rockhampton Hockey Association will host another Hook in 2 Hockey day at Kalka Shades this Saturday from 9am.