Casey?s State hockey selection
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
LIKE the Energiser bunny, Casey Irwin just keeps on going.
On any given Saturday the Glenreagh Public student plays three games of hockey but that's not where the sporting pastimes end.
Rather than being idle on Saturday night and Sunday, young Casey will again be out and about with other sports such as horse racing, swimming and athletics.
It's hockey though where the 11 year-old is making a real name for herself.
Irwin has recently been selected in the NSW Primary School's team to compete in the national championships in Melbourne next month.
Playing for the North Coast team at the state championships, Irwin impressed with her play in the halves as her team managed a sixth place finish despite losing only one match in the round-robin stages.
Trouble was that other teams were winning by bigger margins and North Coast kept having close matches including a couple of draws.
Individually though Irwin shone to justify her state selection.
The national championships are being held from August 14 to 18 in Melbourne at the State Hockey Centre
"I'm looking forward to playing against harder opposition," she said.
"They're going to be better players which will be exciting."
Playing her hockey in Grafton, the young hockey stars admits that she looks up to a fellow local for her hockey inspiration.
Olympic gold-medalist Brent Livermore developed into one of the world's finest midfielders and Irwin hopes to emulate some of his deeds.
So long as the batteries within her don't run out, there's always a chance.