Latham gets his Country pickings
BRODY Latham has secured the second national hockey title in his east Bundaberg household this year.
The Queensland Country striker was instrumental in his team’s triumph and the silverware now sits next to the under-18 national title his brother Joel earned earlier this year.
The hard-running forward scored four blistering goals during the campaign in Canberra and left more than satisfied with his efforts.
“I got plenty of game time and the coaches were all happy with how I played,” he said.
“It was played at a very fast pace and the defence was always really strong.
“You needed to sharpen up on the ball otherwise you’d get smashed.”
Queensland beat New South Wales 4-2 in the final, coming from 1-0 down early in the game.
The two teams had tied 1-1 in their pool match and that was the only time they were troubled throughout the tournament.
“We were pretty dominant, but it was a good win to get over New South Wales in the big one,” Latham said.
“It was excellent to be back in Queensland colours and I can’t wait to get back again.”
The 20-year-old Cities player has one more chance to press for under-21 Australian Country honours next year, after which he is eligible for the open side.
“Without the metropolitan teams there it was a completely different vibe. It was all hockey while we were at the ground and then we just enjoyed ourselves afterwards,” he said.
A knee injury will sideline him for at least this week, but Latham is intent on returning and leading Cities to back-to-back BHA premierships this season.