Cities gun selected for state team

MAN of the moment Joel Latham stole the limelight again over the weekend, forcing his way into the Queensland under-18 men’s hockey side after trials in Brisbane.

The shy 16-year-old does not say much, but what he does on the field speaks for itself.

Latham has been training relentlessly through the off season, both by himself and with a small development squad at Hinkler Park.

“It’s a great feeling to make that team being a year younger than most of them,” Latham said.

His club coach Mick Callaghan was stoked to hear of his success.

“That’s an amazing effort for a young bloke and he really deserves it because he’s been out training pretty much every day in the off season,” Callaghan said.

The lightning-fast striker has the skills to match his speed, and will play a vital role for Cities in their Bundaberg Hockey Association premiership defence this year.

Team-mate Josh Stacey, who was unlucky to miss out on the state squad, is also set for a big season in the engine-room for Cities.

Meanwhile All Blacks Hockey Club has undergone some changes to their committee, with stalwart Craig Martin taking over as president.

Last season’s president Rhys Grills opted out of the role, this year trying his hand at AFL while playing hockey as well.

Steve Bargenquest will also step away from his coaching role at Arrows-Athletics.

BHA president John Kirchner, a long-time player for Arrows, has put the call out for his replacement.

“We’re coachless at the moment, but we’ve been looking around and should be right come round one,” he said.

Teams will get their first chance to hit the turf on February 28 in the annual Cities pre-season carnival.

Teams from Gladstone, Rockhampton and Maryborough will compete, while several Queensland Blades squad members may make the trip for the hit-out.

For more information telephone Malcolm Lindsay on 4126 1213 or Roxanne Munt on 4151 6365.

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