Keeping the faith ahead of return
HOCKEY : Brett Rollason has a lot of “free time” on his hands.
A typical week for the Red Lion goalkeeper normally includes four or five games, hockey training and fitness sessions with his club mates.
Rollason’s week looks a lot different now but the 43-year-old is not resting on his laurels.
“At the moment I’m doing two or three workouts a day,” Rollason said.
“Working from home makes that (working out) a bit easier because I can squeeze something in at lunch if I need or want to.
“The pleasing thing is I feel like I’m starting to see some good results.
“I still see a few of boys from Red Lion during the Zoom sessions we do with CrossFit Confront and it’s all paying off.”
Isolation hasn’t been without its challenges though.
Introduced to hockey by his neighbours, Rollason has spent 38 years playing the game, all of it with Red Lion.
“I used to have a hit in the backyard with my neighbours and eventually they asked if I wanted to play,” Rollason said.
“It all grew from there.
“The whole time I’ve played for Red Lion – I moved to Brisbane for a few years but during that time I’d drive back to Toowoomba to play for Red Lion.
“Pretty much my whole life is out there (Clyde Park).
“All the friends I’ve made, the people I look up to, they’re all there.
“Not being able to see my mates and enjoy the playing the game with them is pretty hard.
“You miss playing the games, helping mentor the young players and learning stuff from them at the same time.
“There’s a lot of energy out there.”
Rollason was also priming himself for what he hoped would be a big year when COVID-19 restrictions halted competition.
“As a goalkeeper I’ve been on the First Grade fringe for the last few seasons with a permanent gig in Second Grade,” he said.
“I’ve always been happy to step down to let the younger players come through – it’s always been a focus of ours so they can develop their skills and gain experience.
“Once you turn 35 you’re eligible to play Masters and over the last few years I’ve been in the Over-40s team.
“The state championships were meant to be held in two weeks time with the state team to be selected from those championships.
“I’d like to think I was a chance for Queensland selection and then I could’ve taken a shot at Australian selection.
“All that’s on hold now though – moved to next year.
“It’s disappointing but I’m going to use this time as a bit of a pre-season again for when the competition restarts and I’ll see where I’m at next year for Masters.”