Sport

Parker defends his passion for special role on hockey team

Harrison Parker will play goalie for the Queensland under-13 hockey team at the national invitational championships in Canberra next weekend.
Harrison Parker will play goalie for the Queensland under-13 hockey team at the national invitational championships in Canberra next weekend. Renee Pilcher

HARRISON Parker can do something many other hockey players can't do; play goalie.

While it's not the position the goal-scorers like to be in Parker loves the role, which just happens to be one of the most vital spots in the team.

Although he's fit and trim Parker doesn't run the length of the field, instead he gears up to half his size in padding and takes on every challenge the opposition shoots his way.

Mega saves when a ball went over his head and almost into the box was made when Parker threw his hands up in the air and deflected the ball off his hockey stick.

The goalkeeper's passion for defence has scored him a spot in the state under-13 indoor boys' hockey team, which will take part in a national invitational championship.

The championships will be held in Canberra over the Australia Day weekend.

Parker, who's played hockey for almost half his life, scored the position after being scouted at representative events in 2012.

The rep duties called for Parker to step up a level and paly for Gympie's U15 indoor boys team that competed in the state championships in Maryborough last year.

He's also represented Wide Bay and one day hopes to play for Australia.

"He's always dreamed of playing for Australia as a goalie," Parker's father Brian said.

Brian, who is learning the sport with his children, says both he and his son love the game but try to keep the right attitude about it.

"You play to win but still take it as friendly, that's what I try to install into him," Parker said.

The young hockey lover will head to Canberra next week for the championships, which comes soon after returning from a goal-keeping clinic in Bundaberg.

Parker is already rubbing shoulders with the best in the sport, with the clinic hosted by Australian Hockeyroo Rachael Lynch.

Gympie Times

Topics:  canberra, hockey, sport


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Toddler taken to hospital with snake bite

The red bellied black snake caught by Christian Andersen.

Young patient assessed after puncture wounds found

Teacher sent naked pics to student, flirted on Grindr

Relationship exposed when teacher went to school's pastor

WATCH: Police release CCTV footage of Goodna robbery

An armed robbery took place at the IGA in Goodna at 6am this morning (27-9-16).

Masked men armed with large hammer hold up store

Local Partners

Workplace horror: Doctors use toe to replace crushed thumb

LAWYERS put employers on notice about preventable work deaths and injuries

Accused in strangulation case denied bail

A 21-year-old Brassall man has been denied police bail and remanded in custody to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.

A 21-year-old has been denied police bail

Toddler taken to hospital with snake bite

The red bellied black snake caught by Christian Andersen.

Young patient assessed after puncture wounds found

WATCH: Police release CCTV footage of Goodna robbery

An armed robbery took place at the IGA in Goodna at 6am this morning (27-9-16).

Masked men armed with large hammer hold up store

Driver assaulted, threatened with knife before being robbed

Thieves stole wallet and laptop computer from motorist

Who says there are no killers in the river?

No Caption

Bull sharks plentiful in popular swimming locations

Woman's $400 fine for late night 'white trash' street row

court generic

Teen's job keeps her out of trouble, court hears

Four taken to hospital after crash near school

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Four females injured in two vehicle crash

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E6: Suckas Need Bodyguards review

Rosario Dawson and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E5: Just To Get A Rep review

Mahershala Ali, centre, in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E4: Step In The Arena review

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Rob Kardashian admits his first crush was his sister Kim

Rob Kardashian once had a crush on his sister Kim Kardashian West.

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E3: Who's Gonna Take The Weight

Mahershala Ali in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Marvel's Luke Cage S1E2: Code of the Streets review

Simone Missick and Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage. Supplied by Netflix.

*WARNING: spoilers if you haven't seen Marvel's Luke Cage*

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual