Warwick hockey enters golden era

12th October 2017 9:21 AM
Rob Pohlman and Adam Byrne will represent Australia in masters hockey in Barcelona next year. Rob Pohlman and Adam Byrne will represent Australia in masters hockey in Barcelona next year. Gerard Walsh

HOCKEY: Rob Pohlman and Adam Byrne will play World Cup hockey in Barcelona next year after being selected in Australian masters teams.

Pohlman played for the Queensland over 60s team, which came third at the nationals in Hobart.

He scored seven goals in the nationals, including two goals in the bronze win victory over Victoria, playing as centre forward and as a left or right winger.

"I think I played some of the best hockey of my masters career in the tournament in Hobart,” Pohlman said.

A week earlier, Byrne and former Warwick junior Grant Windle played in the winning Queensland over 35s team at the nationals in Hobart.

Byrne said it was awesome to be named Australian vice captain.

"I play in the backs and team captain Anthony Trail from Victoria plays as an inside forward or striker,” he said.

Josh Hagenbach with the Australian Kookaburras blazer he won a coaches' award winner with the Queensland Cutters.
Josh Hagenbach with the Australian Kookaburras blazer he won a coaches' award winner with the Queensland Cutters. Contributed

Warwick pair Josh Hagenbach and Bailey Rutledge were members of the Queensland Cutters team which came third at the nationals in Perth at under-13 level.

Hagenbach won the coaches' award and Rutledge scored four goals for the Cutters.

"It was pretty cool to win the coaches' award and an honour knowing that I had represented my state well,” Hagenbach said.

"I was surprised to receive an award as we had a lot of great players and I thought any of us could have won the award.”

Former Warwick junior Scott Reid will also play masters hockey for Australia in Spain next year along with current Warwick masters players Peter Somers, Dave Carlson, Peter Keeble and Grant Smith.