Jordan Edwards and teammates after grand final win.
Jordan Edwards and teammates after grand final win. Contributed

Hockey duo hit heights

ROCKHAMPTON'S hockey stars Jordan Edwards and Jarrod Truscott featured in the two finals at the Oceania Pacific Cup in December, but only one team returned from Fiji victorious.

Truscott, the Rockhampton silver medallist, captained the Australian Country side, leading them to their first international grand final.

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His Australian Country under-21 men's side suffered a heart-breaking shoot-out loss to the New Zealand Barbarians.

Australian Country led 3-2 in the final minute before New Zealand equalised to make it 3-3 with 20 seconds to go, forcing a shoot-out decider.

It was much better news for the Australian Country under-21 women's side, with Edwards' team winning the final 3-0 against Fiji.

"It was nil-all at half time so we were pretty nervous but we ended up pulling through in the second half, securing our win," Edwards said.

"We played really well all carnival; we went through undefeated."

The local Southside player said she learned a lot through both her coach and fellow teammates.

"The best part was probably being able to play with a different group of girls, just getting to know each other and playing against other countries at a national level," Edwards said.

"I was put in a couple of different positions, but with the help of my coach I managed to find my suited position as a midfielder."

The former The Cathedral College student was awarded the 2011 Most Valuable Player of the carnival.

"I most certainly did not expect it, I was really excited and proud," she said. Edwards, 18, was one of the youngest players in the under-21s side but that certainly didn't stop her from giving it her all.

"There were four 17-year-olds on our side so I wasn't quite the young est," she said.

"We were just all so excited when we won the final and to top it off after the finals, both teams went and stayed at a resort for three days which was heaps of fun."

Edwards will continue training with hopes of making the side again this year.

"I just want to see how far I can go with it, see what else I can make this year, hopefully make some more Queensland or Australian sides," Edwards said.

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