Young hockey star set to play for Queensland

Talytha with former Kookaburra captain Mark Knowles at a peninsula trial in 2017

Young Atherton hockey player Talytha (Shorty) MacDonald will trade the sun soaked fields of the Far North for the bustling city scapes of the south after being selected in the U15 Queensland Hockey team.

The 15yr old recently attended the trials for the team in Brisbane and will now travel to Bathurst in NSW to compete in the Australian Championships.

Hockey has been a part of Talytha’s life since she was five years old, and she currently plays in four different hockey teams one of which is in Cairns.

The Division 1; U16 competition, the Atherton Open Ladies team the Shooters, the Tableland Tomahawks and the Saints in Cairns are just some of the teams she plays for, she has also played in many representative teams.

An Atherton Tablelands Hockey Association spokesperson described Talytha as a “great inspiration” to young members of both the club and the wider community.

“Shorty is a great inspiration to the young people both in our club and community,” they said.

“We are very proud of Shorty’s attitude and determination, on and off the field.

“It goes to show that even kids from small country towns can get selected to represent their state.”

Talytha has been working extremely hard to get to this stage in her sporting career, training multiple times a week and playing in age divisions’ way above her own.

Parents Maria and Wayne Macdonald are brimming with pride at their young daughters selection.

“We are over the moon, I’m ecstatic,” Maria said.

“All her hard work has really paid off.

“Her goal is to play for Australia so she’s one step closer.”

Talytha will travel down to Bathurst between the 17 and the 23 of April 2020 to compete in the Australian Championships.

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