Veteran striker to fly Australian colours

By LEE GASKIN

PRIDE in donning the green and gold is foremost in the mind of Denette Dorron.

The Bundaberg player, who lives on the Gold Coast, will represent Australia in the over-35s women's hockey team in two tournaments next year.

Having recently returned from the national titles, Dorron said selection was all the sweeter with family by her side.

"When they announced the team, mum came over and gave me a cuddle, which was great,'' Dorron said.

The performance of the Raiders division 1 player was all the more remarkable considering she played her final two games with a broken thumb.

"Every time I hit the ball the vibrations through my hand caused a great deal of pain,'' she said.

"There was no way I was going to pull out, you don't do that when you play for your state.''

Hockey runs through the blood of the Dorron family, with sister Helen unable to play for her state due to injury, and her mother Marg the goalkeeper for the over- 55s Queensland side.



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