Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

ZAC'S HAT-TRICK OF SPORTING SUCCESS; Norths Teenager Earns More Elite Honours

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

ZAC'S HAT-TRICK OF SPORTING SUCCESS; Norths Teenager Earns More Elite Honours

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

State of play

A Grade men: Norths 4 (Z Profke 3, J Shaw) d Easts 3 (S Bayliss 2, T Woodford); Hancock Brothers 4 (R Smith 2, N Smith, J Willie) drew Wests 4 (C McCoombes 2, G Walker, T Dakin).

A Grade women: Wests 5 (J Office 2, A Kickbusch 2, G Nicholls) d Hancock Brothers 1 (S Rogers); Norths 4 (E Alchin 2, S Parlett, C Brown) d Swifts 2 (A Stacey 2).

Full results in sport notes.

PREPARING to make his Super League debut, Norths speedster Zac Profke scored another valuable hat-trick in the Ipswich A Grade hockey competition.

The St Edmund's year 12 student netted three goals as Norths remained unbeaten with a 4-3 victory over Easts on Saturday night.

With the annual Super League championships coming up early next month, Profke has also received a boost being named in the latest Australian Futures squad.

Proud dad and Norths A Grade coach Steve was pleased to see Zac given more higher level opportunities after his impressive goal-scoring form.

But as Zac prepares to represent the South West Lumberjacks and receive specialised training in the Futures squad, Steve praised other exciting teenagers impressing with Norths this season.

Emerging talents like striker Jake Thornton, backs David Visser and Brad Walker, and goalkeeper Cian McLaughlin have joined Zac in giving the Devils fresh hope after the loss of several senior players.

"These are the kids that we've been using (often off the bench) over the last couple of years,'' the coach said.

"While they've got their chance in A Grade, they are all stepping up and doing what we need them to so it's been good.''

With seasoned regulars like Dean Jeffrey, Nick Maddocks, Andrew Pratt and Jeremy Dalais still playing, Norths have three wins and a draw either side of the Easter break.

Preparing for their first match in the annual Combined Competition with Toowoomba, Norths have also already beaten defending premiers Hancock Brothers 3-2 and Wests 2-1. …

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