BRIGHT FUTURE: The hunt is on for a full-time hockey coach for the Bundaberg region to help develop junior players like Zoe Wallace.
BRIGHT FUTURE: The hunt is on for a full-time hockey coach for the Bundaberg region to help develop junior players like Zoe Wallace. Paul Donaldson BUNJHOK

Bundy's search for a coach

HOCKEY Queensland says Bundaberg getting a full-time coach in the area to develop juniors will further help the association bounce back from the devastating floods in 2013.

On a tour to Bundaberg this week to assess how the association is going, and to teach juniors and seniors a Level One course in coaching, regional program manager of Hockey QLD Barry Vohland was impressed about how the region has recovered from the floods.

The Hinkler Park's artificial turf was destroyed in the 2013 floods, with a new surface and around $700,000 needed in funding to get the association back on its feet.

Now with the new surface, and people coming back to the club, Vohland was surprised with the quality of the juniors.

"We've had good players come from Bundaberg before and the talent I saw this week shows they will still continue to come in the future," he said.

"It compares well to other regional towns but the quantity of players is down."

Plans are now in place though to rectify and fast-track development.

"There is still a bit to do but the right people are in the job to get the area back to where they belong," Vohland said.

"Players in this region have been starved of opportunity and we need to fix that."

One solution to the problem is the hiring of a coach for the region.

Currently Vohland looks after 12 coaches in regional Queensland and is looking to make it more.

"Getting a coach, either part-time or full-time, would help develop the players and produce more for state selection, which is what we want," he said.

"Hockey QLD is right behind Bundaberg."

The trip by the regional program manager also coincides with the announcement of Bundaberg being the host city for the state's women's masters competition next year. Up to 50 teams from around Queensland will compete in the event from July 22-24.



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