SILVER REWARD: Australian silver medal-winning teammates Sam Spry (right) and co-captain Kate McKernan after their Masters World Cup success in Spain.
SILVER REWARD: Australian silver medal-winning teammates Sam Spry (right) and co-captain Kate McKernan after their Masters World Cup success in Spain.

Sam, Susie share in Australia's exceptional Spanish effort

WITH a World Cup silver medal still in her pocket over the weekend, Sam Spry was already looking to represent Australia again.

Such was the enjoyment and pride Spry received from playing in a Masters World Cup.

Ipswich Hockey's regional coaching director savoured her latest success representing the Australian 40's team in Barcelona.

Long-serving Swifts A-Grade player Susie Marcussen was also in the Aussie combination that lost 2-1 to Argentina in the final, an effort Spry rated "exceptional''.

"Credit to our girls. Argentina boasted seven ex-international players,'' Spry said.

"We were all standard club players that come together and only trained for four days prior to going into a World Cup.''

The Aussie 40's team had lead-up game wins against the Australian 35's and the United States 35's.

During the cut-throat tournament, Australia played South Africa, Belarus, England and Argentina leading into the final.

"I played every single game and very limited minutes off the pitch,'' she said.

Although she had represented Australia at over-35 level in a Trans-Tasman series, her latest hockey trip was special.

"Being my first World Cup, it was an absolutely amazing experience and one that I encourage everybody to certainly strive towards,'' she said.

 

Swifts' Susan Marcussen in the A- Grade women's hockey match between Hancock Brothers and Swifts.
Swifts and Australian 40's player Susie Marcussen. Cordell Richardson

Defensive midfielder Spry said Marcussen, who has links to the Toowoomba and Ipswich competitions, had a standout tournament in Spain.

"She had an exceptional World Cup. She played really, really consistent hockey,'' Spry said. "She played in the midfield. She's always got the legs and runs forever.

"It's awesome playing with Foxie. She's such a lovely hockey player.''