Rep duties keep Reid’s dream alive
Jake Reid has a burning ambition to play in the Australian Hockey League but admits he has areas of his game to improve before he aims for the sky.
If playing is what it takes to improve, Reid is spending plenty of on-field time.
The Warwick High student has already played for Queensland 2 in the under-15 nationals in Perth this year and will soon be heading to Cairns along with Assumption student Matt Eastwell for the Queensland under-19 secondary school titles.
He is currently training with the Warwick under-15 team under coach Phil Rolfe to play in the state championships in Townsville in July.
At club level, he plays for Wyverns in Warwick A grade and for Red Lions in Toowoomba A1 hockey.
Last season, he played in the premiership-winning Wyverns reserve grade team in Warwick hockey and for the Wyverns team which made the A-grade semis.
Reid played centre-half for the Queensland 2 team which was fifth in division 1 in the nationals in Perth, one spot behind Queensland 1.
His hockey ambitions were boosted in Perth when he watched an Australian men's game against New Zealand and met the players. "My favourite players are Jamie Dwyer, Eddie Ockenden and Matthew Swan," he said.
As for his own game, he admits he needs to improve his leading (running into open spaces to receive the ball) and one-on-one tackling.
He receives some advice from his father Jamie and gives a lot of credit for his success to Glen Reid, a fully accredited hockey coach (retired).
"Glen has volunteered his time and shared his knowledge of the sport with me.
"It means a lot that Glen has always been there to help me become better.
"We share the same passion for hockey."