Cale Cramer boosts the Queensland Blades
HOCKEY can be addictive, the high-paced action during games has many players hooked from their first game but there is something else that has Bundaberg's Cale Cramer coming back.
For Cramer, it's the sound of the ball smashing into the back of the box.
And the Queensland Blades will be hoping Cramer is at his dangerous best when they compete at the 2015 Australian Hockey League (AHL) in Darwin this weekend.
The former All Blacks player last played for Queensland in 2010 before playing professionally in Belgium for three season.
He will bring a level of skill Queensland needs but it is his firepower in front of goal the maroons need.
Cramer scored 129 goals in eight season for the Commercial Cobras and Bulimba Bulls and he said scoring goals was only one part of a team effort.
"I've been lucky to play in good teams and make the most of my opportunities," Cramer said.
"Everyone in the team has a job - mine is to score goals."
Scoring goals doesn't always come easy with many leads going unrewarded, Cramer knows the ball has to move from the goalkeeper to the striker and every player has to do his part so to have the ability to score often is welcomed by the whole team.
Queensland take on defending champions Tasmania in the opening game today and Cramer rates his team's chances highly.
"We are a fair chance - we have got a decent team," he said.
"We were very unlucky last year and we didn't take our chances.
The 2015 AHL will be played at the Marrara Hockey Centre and is Australian hockey's premier competition - a national championships contested by eight teams representing the eight states and territories of Australia.