School Sports ends on a high for Beck
PLAYER of the series, named in the Australian side and captain of the winning Queensland team.
The School Sport Australia Girls 16 Years and Under Championships couldn't have gone much better for St Luke's student Beck Greiner.
"It was my last year in the side, I've been in it for three years and I got to captain the team so it was really good to come away with a win again," she said.
"We started off pretty shaky in our first game together against New South (Wales) but we won all of our matches and we got better and better as we went through the tournament so that was even better ."
"We had a lot of younger players and it was their first Queensland School Sports side so obviously it was a new sort of experience for them and I think they really enjoyed it. The team got along really well so that made it a good trip."
After winning last year and coming close to winning in 2013, Beck said she wanted to end her School Sports journey on a high.
"For me it was a goal to finish off with a gold medal," she said.
"All the girls in our team had played together previously, whether that had been club or rep hockey so I think we expected to play well, it was a matter of reaching our potential."
Held in Perth from August 1- 8, Beck returned home and despite now being half way through a well earnt three week break; even that hasn't kept her off the hockey field.
"I play for St Luke's for interschool sport, I do that every year but it's only a really short season so unfortunately I've missed most of the games," she said. "
But I like to go back and play for the team, it's a lot of fun and it's not much pressure.
"There's players who it's their last year in school and they just want to have fun and there are younger kids who might play or thinking about playing hockey and it's good to see who there is coming through.
"I don't get to play in Bundaberg much so it's good to see."
It's been a busy year for Beck, in July she travelled to Hobart for the Under 21's Australian Championships and a junior World Cup camp.
"Before that I had a fair few tournaments and I went to Europe for two and a half weeks so I haven't had much of a break," she said.
"I'll get back into training in a week or two and it's pretty much just preparing before the national junior camp in January and Under 21 Nationals again in April next year.
"I've played it (hockey) since I was eight so it's been a big part of my life and my coach Craig Martin he's alway's been passionate about sport and I've grown up seeing that, so it's rubbed off on me."