Ballina man, 37, earns a place on national hockey team
BALLINA hockey player Brett Crawford could be on his way to Singapore after an impressive display with the over-35s NSW Masters team.
Crawford, 37, has been named shadow reserve in the Australian team selected from the national championships in Sydney.
It is the first time Crawford has played in masters competition.
"It was a fantastic experience and played at a very high level," he said.
"Hopefully I get a call-up because I'd definitely love to go on the trip to Singapore."
He captained Far North Coast at the NSW Masters over-35s State Championships in July.
It was the first time FNC has entered a side in that age division.
"It was definitely lucky we had it at home because we probably wouldn't have entered a side otherwise," he said.
Crawford is no stranger to representative honours in a variety of sports.
He represented NSW in hockey as a teenager and was named in an Australian Schoolboys side.
In recent years he has represented the NSW Country cricket team.
"When you get to that level of cricket the competition is always strong," Crawford said.
"And at the hockey we were playing teams who had former Australian players in them."
NSW finished third going down 3-0 to eventual winners Tasmania.
They had 4-3 wins over Queensland and ACT in the lead-up.
It was a big effort for the side, who went down 4-2 against Victoria on the opening day.
"The scoreline against Tasmania wasn't a reflection of the game," he said.
"We did well to bounce back from the first loss too.
"It took us a while to come together as a team in that game but it all seemed to click after that."
Regardless of a call-up, it could be the start of a long masters career for Crawford with the National Championships going up to the over-70s age division.