Representing Australia – Jay Macdonald
By Communications Manager Mick Bunworth
Radford’s Jay Macdonald travels to South Africa this week to represent Australia in hockey.
The Year 11 student was selected for the Under 17 Australian Schoolboys side while playing for the ACT in the Pacific School Games tournament last year.
The Australian side will spend a week training and playing practice matches against school and club sides in Cape Town, before heading to Durban for three Test matches against an Under 18s South African Schoolboy side.
Jay has been playing hockey since he was 10, and his dad, Radford teacher Darryle, played representative hockey for the ACT in the late 1980s.
In the lead up to South Africa, Jay has been doing individual training sessions every day, playing with the Under 21 ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) during the week, as well as continuing to fulfil his club hockey commitments.
'I’m really excited for it. I’m just hoping to get the best out of myself that I can. It’s not always possible to play at your best, so that’s my hopes for it, to play the best that I can,' Jay said.
Hockey might not enjoy the same following as cricket and rugby in South Africa, but it is still a popular sport with a high standard.
Jay, who tends to play as a back or mid-fielder, says he expects the slightly older South African side to be tough opponents and the Australians will need to play extremely well if they are to win the Test match series.
'I’ve had mates go over there in previous years and the games are always close. They’re quite big boys and they’re pretty quick, so it will be an interesting test.'To Home