Elder statesman mentoring next generation of hockey players
TROY Elder has a special role in the Queensland Blades team.
At 38, he is the oldest player in the team. The team's official veteran.
"I used to play because you were at the top of your sport,” she said.
"I do it more for enjoyment now and the young players keep me young.”
For Elder being picked in the team caps off a brilliant year after his Brisbane hockey team, the Bulimba Bulls won the local competition.
Elder says he is enjoying playing the mentor role, a role he has enjoyed playing for a few years.
"I've been mentoring the younger players for a few years now,” Elder said.
"But the age gap isn't normally as wide.”
The Blades have played three games so far in the Australian Hockey League.
They lost the first to New South Wales, beat Malaysia and lost in a thriller to Victoria 3-4.
"We didn't take our opportunities against Victoria, which has put us in a position where we are relying on results to make the semis,” he said.