HOCKEY: Persistence and dedication has finally paid off for Bundaberg's Britt Noffke.
The former All Black junior will be in Maroon next week, representing Queensland Scorchers in the Australian Hockey League in Perth.
The 27-year-old will join fellow Bundaberg player Rebecca Greiner in the squad after she was picked for the third straight year.
"It's a huge achievement for me to make it and I'll be playing with quite a few Hockeyroos,” she said.
"I've been part of the squad for a while so it is good to make the team.”
Noffke played in the AHL in 2012 with Northern Territory, but she's been unable to play in recent years after living and playing hockey in England.
"It was really good and I played it as a full time job,” she said.
"I also got to travel over my time.”
Noffke was picked after representing Wide Bay in the Super League and playing for Kedron Wavell in the Brisbane Hockey League.
She scored four goals in 16 games, in what turned out to be a disappointing year for the side.
"We had a lot of injuries and didn't make the finals in the end,” she said.
"We're hoping to do better next year and have signed Hockeyroo Jodie Kenny which should add a boost.”
Incredibly, Noffke juggles her hockey career with her work and university.
She not only teaches full time at a primary school but is studying her masters degree in the same field.
"I work, train and then study in a day,” she said.
"Somehow the more I do with my life the more organised I am.”
Noffke will now focus on the championships and wants to just be there for the team.
"I don't mind how many minutes I get, I just can't wait to head over there,” she said.
"I also can't wait to play with Bec, I watched her come through the ranks in juniors.”
The duo could lead the Scorchers line as well with both playing as strikers - Greiner as a playmaker and Noffke as a goalscorer.
Both are joined by fellow Bundaberg player and former Kookaburra Troy Elder who will play in the men's side.
The AHL starts next Thursday.