Hockey master gave league the flick

AS ROMANTIC stories on a field of dreams go, this one is hard to top.

A teenaged Scott Morrison was a martial arts enthusiast and rugby league player with Burwood in the Western Suburbs junior competition.

The future first grade likes of the late Scott Gale were team-mates.

At the same time he travelled to watch his girlfriend Una, recently arrived from Guernsey, play hockey.

That included a tournament in Albury.

"They handed me a stick and the rest is history," he said of his start in the game on that Albury trip. Once he started football and martial arts were history.

That girlfriend became his wife, and Scott Morrison can say: "The family that plays together, stays together."

For the Morrisons have quite a family history.

Dad has played ever since Albury, will represent Australia again at the World Masters in Spain and the Netherlands in June, and has just coached the NSW boys to a third straight national under-14 indoor title.

Wife Una still plays but is more focused on being secretary and representative convener for the Sydney North women's association.

Daughter Alex, now 19, represented the winning NSW team at the national under-18 titles in Canberra last July, then the NSW under-18s and under-21s teams that won national indoor titles. Her sister Brittany, now 17, was selected for the City under-17s last year and both sisters play for Ryde Hunters Hill, though the family lives in Baulkham Hills.

The reason? "They started with Castle Hill but the club only has a grass ground and Ryde Hunter has a turf purpose-built hockey field," he said.

"The two girls were dragged along to watch us play, so I suppose it was inevitable they'd play," Scott Morrison said.

Dragged along — but not dragged into it, he added.

"They played soccer, baseball and softball and made rep sides" but hockey won.

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