Ipswich Inferno on fire at state titles
MULTI-talented Zac Profke is being rewarded with state selection in indoor and outdoor hockey teams at school and for club.
He's had another terrific year gaining Queensland honours at under 18 level and also umpiring at the state under 15 titles in Rockhampton.
His next two missions are representing Queensland at this weekend's Pacific School Games before turning his attention to his second indoor hockey national championships campaign in January.
However, it's not only playing and umpiring that rising allrounder Profke is enjoying.
Among the Yamanto teenager's most satisfying successes was coaching the Ipswich Inferno under 13 indoor team to a recent state title in Rockhampton.
After a first-up 3-2 loss to South Brisbane Vipers, the Ipswich boys beat Mackay Red 4-0, Rockhampton Black 4-0, Brisbane Yellow 2-0 and Toowoomba 4-0.
They wrapped up a successful campaign by overcoming Gladstone 2-0 in the final, following a 0-0 draw with Brisbane in the semi-final.
Coaching the under 13 team a second time at the state titles, Profke praised his young Ipswich indoor players for their commitment and willingness to learn.
"After starting off with a loss, they just kind of clicked together,'' the 16-year-old Norths' A Grade striker said.
"I was very happy. They all loved to listen and when they put their input in, they knew what they were talking about.''
The Ipswich team improved on their second place the previous year.
This year's state-title Ipswich Inferno under 13 team was Riley Profke (captain), Isaac Jordan, Daimon Bell, Rhys Stenzel, Archie Cameron, Arnell Saric-Pamenter, Beau Milburn and Harrison Hogrefe.
Manager Kylie Stenzel played an important role helping young coach Profke.
Having just finished year 11 at St Edmund's College, Profke said playing indoor hockey over the summer was beneficial to his outdoor hockey development.
"I think it helps everything, just because it's so quick and it really gets you going,'' he said. "It helps you with your skills and stuff like that.''
Profke is preparing to represent the Queensland under 18 indoor team in Goulburn from January 21-25.
He was also pleased to see so many Ipswich players gaining state honours.
"It's great actually,'' he said. "A couple of years ago, there weren't many indoor Ipswich teams in it. It's good to see that there's more teams in there. People are getting involved.''