THERE will be a distinct Warrnambool flavour at the Hockey Australia women’s masters championships in Darwin.
Kyme Rowe, Therese Burke and Anna Dyson will join forces in the Victorian over 40 team next week.
The trio represented their state in different age groups last year, with Rowe part of the over 40 team which secured silver.
Rowe said it was a credit to Warrnambool District Hockey Association to have three of its players in the same Victorian squad.
“It’s quite a feat for three Warrnambool players to make the team,” she said.
“It’s one thing to represent your state and go away to play national championships but to do it as a country person means a lot more.
“It is a six or seven-hour round trip for training.”
Rowe, who was bitterly disappointed to lose the 2013 gold medal match on penalty strokes to New South Wales, said Victoria had assembled a strong over 40 team again this year.
She will play midfield, with Burke and Dyson to play in defence.
Rowe said Australian representatives Nanette Latta and Lizzie Laird would give Victoria a boost.
“We have a couple of women just back from playing with Australia’s over 40 team,” she said. “They played in the Netherlands in the world championships and they won gold.
“Having those two girls in the team with the experience they have will be absolutely fantastic.
“Both are very quick and have very good stick skills.
“I am looking forward to giving them the ball.”
Rowe said Victoria would play six round games, starting against Queensland on July 11.
She expects the weather to play a part, saying recovery was crucial.
“I think it is going to be tough dealing with the heat and humidity,” Rowe said.
“Four of our round games are at 2pm so it’s going to be quite a challenge.
“The focus after the games will be straight into recovery.
“You only have to play one game a day and there are rest days as well, so there are opportunities to recover and then you’re right to go.”
The championships run from July 10 to 19.