Warwick forward claims bronze with Aussie team
HOCKEY: Warwick player Rob Pohlman has won bronze with the Australian Southern Cross Masters team in the Hockey World Cup in Newcastle.
Pohlman ended up with a double dose of the flu after returning home from Newcastle but is basking in the glory of winning his first international medal.
The 60-year-old striker from the Corinthians club in Warwick has played in Queensland masters teams for the past 13 years.
Last year, he played for Queensland in the over 60s championships in Cairns and was selected as a shadow player in one of two Australian teams.
He was called into the team a fortnight before the cup and proved he was a national class player scoring four of the 18 goals of his team. Pohlman’s team won five of seven matches and only conceded eight goals.
England Red won gold with Australian Red runners-up.. Australian Southern Cross beat England White 2-0 to win the play-off for third.
Pohlman scored the first goal in the medal game and set up the second.
It will be back to club hockey for Corinthians this Saturday and then in September, the Pohlmans will travel to Adelaide for the Australian championships.
Pohlman’s wife Denise goes to many of the nationals too.
“We are seeing the country through hockey rather than an around Australia trip,” he said.
“I have played in every capital city and remember freezing in Canberra.”