STATE NOD FOR GOALIE

Switch to goalie pays off for Chloe

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Ford [email protected]­news.com.au

HOCKEY: Since tak­ing po­si­tion in the goal box, hockey player Chloe Daly has be­come a reg­u­lar name on Queensland rep­re­sen­ta­tive team lists.

With hockey run­ning in the fam­ily, the young­ster has been on a hockey field since she was four, but it was only four years ago she moved from the field to the goal box.

“We didn’t have a goalie on a team and the coach asked if any­one wanted to try it out so I de­cided to give it a shot,” Chloe said.

“I re­ally en­joyed it so I de­cided to train for it and keep play­ing there.”

Since chang­ing to goalie Chloe has been se­lected in four Queensland teams, with the most re­cent be­ing the un­der-14s for in­door hockey.

“She just seems to be a nat­u­ral in the goal box,” Chloe’s mum Rozan Daly said.

“She has re­ally quick re­ac­tion times and ever since she put on the pads she just gone from strength to strength.”

Chloe will com­pete at the Aus­tralian In­door Cham­pi­onships in New South Wales in Jan­uary, her sec­ond na­tional cham­pi­onships in a row.

It’s an im­pres­sive feat for the young­ster, who only started play­ing the in­door for­mat last year.

“When they started up an in­door comp at USC I de­cided to join to see what it was like and it’s re­ally fun,” Chloe said.

“It’s very dif­fer­ent to out­door, the goal box is slightly smaller, as is the play­ing area, so it re­ally helps me im­prove my re­ac­tion times, which is help­ful when I’m back out of the field.”

The Ma­roochy­dore club player said she loves play­ing goalie and has high hopes for her fu­ture.

“I’d love to play for Aus­tralia one day, hope­fully even make it to the Olympics,” she said.

PHOTO: DANIELLE FORD

TOP GOALIE: Chloe Daly has been se­lected in the un­der-14 Queensland in­door hockey team.

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