Byrne swaps one end to the other
ADAM Byrne has a message for all young hockey players – don’t be afraid to try your skills at both ends of the field.
Byrne has been appointed captain of a Queensland development team to tour New Zealand or Fiji later this year.
More than a decade ago, he played in the forwards for the Queensland under-18 team in the nationals at Queens Park, Warwick.
At the same time, he was scoring goals galore for the premiership-winning Warwick Wizards team in the Toowoomba A1 hockey competition.
He then played Brisbane A1 grade as a forward, and for Corinthians in Warwick hockey.
A move to the Labrador club on the Gold Coast in 2007 changed his career when he moved to defence at fullback.
He played three seasons in Brisbane A1 with Labrador and won two club player of the year awards.
Byrne won the 2008 Brisbane best and fairest award in A1 and was fourth in voting in 2009. .
The Queensland development team includes some players earmarked for the Queensland Blades squad for the 2011 Australian Hockey League competition.
Byrne hopes by performing well on tour, he may get a chance to be selected in the Blades squad but at age 30 isn’t getting carried away with his chances.
He admits there are some regrets he didn’t play in the backs earlier in his career but acknowledges all the experience up front helps with his counter attack.
“I can come out of defence with skills learnt as a forward,” he said.
In three seasons for Labrador in Brisbane, Byrne scored only two or three goals.
“I have got to remember I am more defensive than attacking, so it is better to release the ball to a team-mate and go back in defence,” he said.
Byrne isn’t playing in the Brisbane competition this season and hopes to re-form the Warwick Wizards to play in Toowoomba A1 hockey.
This season, Byrne is playing in Toowoomba with the Rangeville A1 side coached by Rob Pohlman.