By Shane Jones
Bundaberg’s Damon Pegg is hoping he can have the same experience Sam Aitkenhead and Isaac Wales had last year.
The trio will be heading to Cairns this weekend and early next week to compete in the school sports titles for Wide Bay, between 13 and 19-year-olds, in hockey.
The Wide Bay team heads into the tournament as the defending champion after winning last year against Metropolitan East 2-0 in the final.
The team was unbeaten during that tournament and it added to the team making the grand final the year before.
This year, Aitkenhead and Wales will return to the team, hoping to get back-to-back titles, with Pegg looking to join them as a winner.
“I had to make the Bundaberg team and then had a day carnival to trial for the Wide Bay team,” he said of the selection process.
“It was good to make it with the other boys.
“We’ll go play some good hockey, get away with a few wins and hopefully win the championship.”
This year’s team is different to the one that won last year, with plenty of new members.
But those who won it before will be there to make sure the team can be competitive again.
The goal is to play hockey the Wide Bay way.
“We want to turn up and play hard hockey, see what we can do,” Pegg said.
“There’s about eight new players so it will be good to have a bit of a mixture of new boys coming into the team as well as the older guys guiding us around.”
Pegg said those experienced players had shared their knowledge about what was to come and how to deal with it.
The Arrows Athletics player will play in the midfield with Wales, from All Blacks, and Aitkenhead, from The Waves Cities, expected to join him in setting up all the attacks for Wide Bay.
The team will start its campaign on Saturday with finals expected to be held on Tuesday.
There will be more on other Wide Bay teams heading over to state titles in next week’s Bundaberg Today, including more on Clara Cislowski and her appearance for the women’s team.