Hancocks goal scorer Kelly McNamara is first to the ball during her team's 3-0 win over Rangeville on Sunday.
Hancocks goal scorer Kelly McNamara is first to the ball during her team's 3-0 win over Rangeville on Sunday. Rob Williams

How well-organised Kelly keeps up with 'juggling' game

HOCKEY: Energetic Hancocks all-rounder Kelly McNamara had to make some quick adjustments at the start of the year to continue playing, training and studying.

However, the well-organised former Ipswich Girls' Grammar School student is back on top of her game.

In her first year studying business at the University of Queensland, McNamara has worked out a program to juggle her Ipswich and Brisbane competition commitments while attending to her higher level education.

"It was a bit hard at the start of the year changing from school life to uni life,'' McNamara said. "But I'm really enjoying it at the moment.''

She's been playing regularly for Hancocks in Ipswich and helping UQ perform strongly in Brisbane.

She lives in Brisbane during the week to study and train at UQ, rejoining her proud sporting family at Marburg on the weekend.

"It's going pretty well,'' she said. "Ipswich is my junior club so it's so good playing with the girls this season.

"Brisbane is getting pretty intense at the moment.''

In her latest Hancocks game on Sunday, the popular player scored a field goal before her team completed a 3-0 A-Grade win over Toowoomba opponents Rangeville.

Normally a midfielder for her Ipswich club side, the speedster seized on her opportunity in the forwards.

McNamara, who turns 19 in October, said second-placed Hancocks were progressing well. "We've got a few new players this year so starting off the season becomes a bit slow some times,'' she said. "But I think we will do really well at the end of the season.''

The Hancocks men had a convincing 8-3 win over Rangeville with Ryan Smith scoring four goals.


Ipswich hockey a grade women's match between Hancocks and Rangeville on Sunday.
Action from Sunday's A Grade between Hancocks and Rangeville at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. Rob Williams

Juggling her dual playing commitments and study have kept McNamara busy.

However, she appreciated being selected for the first time in the South West Lumberjills side that contested the recent Super League championships.

The former Queensland Schoolgirls representative thrived at senior level after previous Super League tournaments were on at the same time as the national under-18 titles.

"It was really good to play in a new team and with new coaches,'' she said.

"I'm a player that plays both in defence and midfield so it was good to be in that kind of environment where you can change positions.''

Her only recent disappointment was missing selection in the Queensland under-21 squad.

However, with a professional approach to everything she does, McNamara is upbeat.

"I'm still a young player so I'm hoping to achieve that next year,'' she said.

State of play

A Grade men: Easts def Wests 4-3, Hancock Brothers def Rangeville 8-3.

A Grade women: Wests def Swifts 5-2, Hancocks def Rangeville 3-0.