Warwick East State School student Jacob Reid with his medal at the nationals.
Warwick East State School student Jacob Reid with his medal at the nationals. Supplied

Reid keen to wear maroon again

AFTER his first taste of national hockey and a silver medal win, Warwick East State School student Jacob Reid is keen to wear the maroon of Queensland again.

He played for the Queensland team in the Australian Primary Schoolboy Hockey Championships in Melbourne.

Winner New South Wales finished with 16 competition points and Queensland with 14.

“It was a good experience and I was proud to represent Queensland at a high level,” Jacob said.

“The atmosphere was great when we ran on to the field to play for Queensland.”

Jacob believes he played the best hockey of his career in Melbourne.

“My defence really improved during the week and I learnt a lot about positional play,” Jacob said.

Long term, Jacob wants to play for Australia, just like his favourite player, Jamie Dwyer.

“I want to develop my ball skills like Jamie,” Jacob said.

While Dwyer is a prolific goal scorer and Jacob a state fullback, the Warwick East student is keen to play further up field for Queensland in the future.

“I now play inside right or centre half in club hockey and get the chance to score some goals,” he said.

He has a best of eight goals in a game in Warwick club hockey.

Jacob first played hockey in Warwick at the age of six and currently plays club hockey for Mid City Paint N’ Detail in Warwick and for Red Lion in Toowoomba.

The Warwick player defended for Queensland against opposition penalty corners in Melbourne.

The Queensland wins were 2-1 against Western Australia, 5-2 from South Australia and 5-1 against Tasmania and Victoria.

Queensland went down 2-1 to ACT and 2-0 to New South Wales.

He made the state team after being vice-captain of the Darling Downs team which played in the state championships in Mackay.

Jacob will be busy on Saturday with semi-finals in both Toowoomba and Warwick.

The Warwick A3 women’s side plays Newtown at 5.30pm in its Toowoomba semi-final on the water-based surface on Sunday at Clyde Park.



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