Hoy?s a Country boy
IT'S hard enough as it is finding time to participate in representative sport but when you're in a professional practice, the sacrifices are doubly difficult.
Coffs Harbour physiotherapist Matt Hoy is gearing up for his second stint with the Landmark Country Cockatoos and while he's had plenty of experience as a rugby player on tour, the time spent away from home can still bite.
"Sure, you have to make sacrifices," Hoy said.
"You have to make arrangements for your clients and accept your regular income will be affected but the trip does have it's compensations."
As a dedicated player of long standing, Hoy has few qualms about taking time off from his business if it means exposure for the Mid North Coast zone.
The 'Cinderella's' of country rugby have infrequently gained rep selections, but Hoy is glad this is changing.
"Tim Rapp from down south is in the senior squad with me and Duncan Chubb has been picked in the under 20's.
"The results from inter-zone competition don't always help us get selections into rep teams and this is unfortunate.
"There's a better playing standard along the coast than scorelines indicate."
From May 6, Hoy and his Cockatoo compatriots begin a gruelling schedule of matches around the countryside.
"We start in the heat of the Northern Territory with the first match against Darwin, then it's back to New South Wales for two games within a fortnight," he said.
"Depending on how well we go there could be two more finals and an overseas tour at the end of it all."
To alleviate some costs, Hoy will act as one of the team physio's on tour.
During the lead up to the Darwin game Hoy's already been clocking up frequent flyer points with a series of training sessions at Mt. Penang and the Waratah Academy in Sydney.