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Giddey-up into new hockey role

The Maryborough quartet (from left) Rosely Giddey, Lynn Bray, Myra Reilly and Di Fraser all had roles to play in the Australian Masters Championships in Perth.
The Maryborough quartet (from left) Rosely Giddey, Lynn Bray, Myra Reilly and Di Fraser all had roles to play in the Australian Masters Championships in Perth. Fiona Dakin

ROSELY Giddey's representative hockey playing days ended three years ago.

A dodgy knee ended her illustrious career at the top of the game.

However, Giddey, a member of the Australian women's hockey squad for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, now has another role to play for those who wear the green and gold like she proudly did for so long.

Giddey said she is now enjoying being a national selector for the Australian Masters teams.

"I am having a ball," Giddey, who represented the Queensland open women's team for four years during her career, said.

"It means I get to sit and watch plenty of hockey - that's not a bad thing to do."

But how is Giddey, someone who started playing hockey when she was 10, coping with watching representative hockey rather than playing it?

"I miss it to be honest, but saying that, being a selector makes up for it," Giddey, who helped Queensland win national titles in over 35, 40, 45 and 50 age groups, said.

"Besides, I can still manage to hobble around and play club hockey for Granville in the Maryborough A2 competition.

"I am happy with that."

Being happy is something Giddey was when she went to Perth to watch the Australian Masters Championships.

She was awarded a Hockey Australia service medal for her contribution to the game.

"I was lost for words - it was a complete surprise but a nice one," she said.

Three of Giddey's former state teammates, the Maryborough trio of Myra Reilly, Di Fraser and Lynn Bray, were in action for Queensland at the titles.

Reilly (Wallaroos) and Bray (Granville) were members of the over 55 team which lost in the semi-finals while Fraser (Granville) lost in the over 50 final.

Although Reilly, the co-captain of her team didn't win gold, she won selection as a reserve to tour Fiji with the over 45 Aussie team next year.

Topics:  hockey


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