Home-grown hockey star Troy Elder spends time with some young Bundaberg district talent.
Home-grown hockey star Troy Elder spends time with some young Bundaberg district talent. Max Fleet

Elder gives hockey tips

OLYMPIC gold medallist Troy Elder is slowly on the comeback trail from a horrific head injury that has kept him out of the game since 2008.

While hopeful of returning to the hockey field this season, the former Bundaberg boy is not holding his breath.

“It’d be nice to get back out there this season, and if an opportunity presents itself to push for a Queensland Blades spot, I’d certainly be giving it my best,” he said.

“There are lots of great young talents coming through, so I hope they continue. And it’s probably good if they do push me out of a spot.”

Elder, who now lives and works in Brisbane, said his career after hockey was the priority at the moment. But it has not stopped him doing his bit to sculpt Bundaberg’s latest talent.

He put a small development squad through its paces earlier this week and will return this weekend for an open clinic with the help of Rebecca Kirchner, another Bundaberg star who played for the Queensland Scorchers last season.

He was impressed with what he saw but the experienced Elder was not getting carried away.

“They have some great skills but they have a long way to go (to play for Australia),” he said.

“This next level is what it’s all about.

“They need the mindset to cope with the extra commitments and demands on players.

“Skills can only get them so far.”

Elder pushed this message on Monday and will do so again this weekend.

Bundaberg Hockey Association president John Kirchner talked up the opportunity.

“It doesn’t really get better than that for a Bundaberg junior,” he said.

“Troy was probably one of the best in the world in his day.”

For more details, telephone John Kirchner on 0417 647 784.



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