Warwick player is a shadow for Maroons
HOCKEY: Matt Eastwell has been aiming to make a Queensland hockey team for the past two years.
While he hasn’t quite made the team yet, he is a shadow for the Queensland schoolboys under-19 team to tour New Zealand later this year.
He will come into contention to make the state team if one of the selected team withdraws and has the advantage of being able to play in all three zones; defence, midfield and attack. The only position he hasn’t played seriously is goalie.
Eastwell attends Assumption College and together with Warwick State High School student Jake Reid played for the Darling Downs team which came sixth in the state championships in Ipswich.
It was Eastwell’s third appearance for Darling Downs at state championship level.
Eastwell played in the forward line at centre forward or on the wing at this year’s state championships.
He first played hockey in minkeys at Warwick Hockey Association headquarters at Queens Park and was first selected for Darling Downs at primary school level.
Like his father Robert, Eastwell plays for the Wyverns club in Warwick men’s hockey.
Both played in last season’s men’s grand final loss to Corinthians.
Eastwell trains weekly with the Wyverns club under coach Gary Millard and also travels to Toowoomba twice weekly to train and play with the Past High club in A1 hockey.
He has been a regular in Warwick under-18 representative teams down the years and was part of the team in this year’s championships at Murwillumbah. Eastwell will be young enough to play in one more U18 championship next year.
While he has predominately played as a striker in junior and senior hockey, he has played in the halves or as a defender for Darling Downs at state level.
This year’s championship in Ipswich followed his appearance last year in the Darling Downs team in the championships in Cairns.
His whole sporting focus now is hockey, after playing cricket through the juniors and one season of rugby league with Collegians on the wing when he was part of a premiership-winning side.
After finishing year 12 at the end of this year, Eastwell is hoping to secure an apprenticeship in Warwick.