Qld Under-13 hockey player Angus Sinclair photographed at The Sunshine Coast Hockey Association, Buderim. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Qld Under-13 hockey player Angus Sinclair photographed at The Sunshine Coast Hockey Association, Buderim. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

Early starter gets picked for the state

INSTEAD of a football or cricket bat, a hockey stick was placed in Angus Sinclair's hands as soon as he could walk.

So continued a fine family tradition in the sport - and it paid off recently when the Nambour youngster was selected in the Queensland Sabres, the state under-13 boys' side.

Angus received the good news after performing well at the Under-13 Boys State Championships in Bundaberg last month.

As well as the inevitable backyard hockey matches over the years, training has been a family affair for the Sinclairs, with Angus's brother, Lachlan, also playing at state level and umpiring division one.

Retired regional coaching director and former Queensland development coach Greg Richards has been coaching Angus and is impressed with his potential.

He says the 13-year-old is "able to perform some very advanced skills for someone so young", has "good hockey knowledge" and is not getting ahead of himself.

"This is just the beginning for him," Richards said.

"There's a lot of hard work and steps to climb.

"The next few years are going to be the testing ones for him, to see how dedicated he is."

The next test for Angus is the national championships in Adelaide from October 4-11.

Mum Tracy said Angus was excited to finally line up for the Sabres after being a shadow player last year.


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