Medals wins for Bundy Hockey duo
HOCKEY: Burnett Heads' Luke Randle says that without his parents he would be nowhere in his hockey.
The talented teenager every week is driven by his parents down to Brisbane to play for the Bulimba Bulls in under-17 and A-Grade competition.
The 16-year-old made his debut in A-Grade this year, making five appearances throughout the season.
That experience helped Randle win gold at the recent Pacific Games in Adelaide.
Randle and his Queensland 16-and-under teammates defeated New South Wales 2-0 to claim the title.
The former Rovers junior scored seven goals including the vital first goal in the final.
"I think I played well, was quite balanced and scored some goals,” he said.
"I played at an eight or nine out of ten level.”
The win came after Queensland suffered a 4-0 loss to New South Wales in the group stage.
Randle said a more committed effort from the side got the reverse result in the decider.
"We played harder hockey, stuck to our game plan better and had a crack,” he said.
"I think we finished well in our game.
"We finished our opportunities.”
This is the last Pacific Games the apprentice plumber can compete in. He will be too old next year.
Randle's goal now is to make the under-18 Queensland team with trials to be held early next year.
He also wants to progress further with the Bulls.
"I'll play for Bulimba again,” he said.
"I want to play a lot more in A-Grade and hopefully qualify for finals.”
Aitkenhead focuses on indoor nationals after bronze win
HOCKEY: It's been quite a year for Bundaberg's Sam Aitkenhead.
The Queensland hockey player has represented his state twice, at the national titles and at the recent Pacific Games.
Now he is a medallist after helping the side to win bronze in the 12-and-under competition in Adelaide.
Queensland finished third behind gold medallists Western Australia and Victoria after three wins, two losses and a draw.
"I'm pretty happy with bronze, as you would be when you win a medal,” Aitkenhead said.
"It would have been better to get gold or silver but we did really well.”
The Cities junior said the team worked well together.
"We all stepped up for each other,” he said.
"The boys put in 110 per cent effort all the time.”
Aitkenhead is now preparing for the boys under-13s indoor hockey national carnival in Goulburn from January 12-15.
He has been selected for Queensland, which will be looking to take the title won by New South Wales earlier this year.
"I'm looking forward to it,” he said.
"I'm just after more experience and because it is U13 I can go again next year.”
Aitkenhead said his goals for next year were to make both the indoor and outdoor sides for Queensland again.