Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Zac's Hat-Trick in Water Pools; Queensland Representative Prospect Showcases His 'Slippery' Sharpshooting Skills

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Zac's Hat-Trick in Water Pools; Queensland Representative Prospect Showcases His 'Slippery' Sharpshooting Skills

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

State of play

A Grade men: Hancock Brothers 4 (D Howells 2, R Smith, H Michel) drew Norths 4 (Z Profke 3, J Thornton); Red Lion 3 drew Wests 3 (C Jaenke, A Saric-Pamenter, J Brown); Newtown 10 d Easts 2 (T Woodford, S Bayliss).

A Grade women: Norths Toowoomba 3 d Bellbowrie 2 (S Sue, S Silbereg); Norths Ipswich 2 (S Parlett 2) d Hancock Brothers 1 (E Toole); Rangeville 4 drew Wests 4 (G Nicholls 2, E Jackat, A Kickbusch); Swifts 4 (scorers unavailable) d Newtown 2. Lower grade results review in sport notes.

HOCKEY: Tomahawk whiz Zac Profke showed why he's in the Queensland under-18 squad by scoring a stunning hat-trick in his team's latest A Grade encounter.

Despite the challenging conditions on a rain-affected hockey surface, the Ipswich teenager delivered three superb strikes to put Norths ahead 3-2 before Hancock Brothers responded to draw 4-4.

With water pooling on the field after heavy rain at Raceview, the match was unable to be started until the 13th minute.

When it did, Profke used his youthful enthusiasm to advantage, showcasing his impressive towahawk (reverse stick shooting) ability.

"I thought we needed to control the ball and really just focus on getting the ball in the net,'' Profke said.

"It was crazy (with so much water on the field at the start of the game).

"I work on them (tomahawks) whenever I get a chance. I just hit the ball in the net from different angles.''

The skilful sharpshooter kept asking for his hockey stick to be dried. At one stage he even replaced his stick. "It was very slippery,'' he said.

But Profke was delighted with his third hat-trick of the season in his second year playing A Grade.

Jake Thornton scored Norths' fourth goal before the Hancocks' fightback.

"We would have been happy with a win but a draw was good for us,'' Profke said, reflecting on Norths' recent inconsistent results.

Profke, who turns 16 next month, was recently named in the Queensland under-18 squad. He'll contest trials in February to see if he can secure his place in the final team for next year's national championships. …

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