Hockey master wins World Cup gold

A master at 45: Scott Morrison said playing masters hockey in Holland was exhilarating."They follow the hockey with a passion like an AFL game with 50-60 thousand people at hockey games." Picture: Geoff Jones

A master at 45: Scott Morrison said playing masters hockey in Holland was exhilarating."They follow the hockey with a passion like an AFL game with 50-60 thousand people at hockey games." Picture: Geoff Jones

After playing hockey for 40 years, Scott Morrison has finally been rewarded on the international stage, donning the green and gold colours for Australia.

Morrison was a gold medal winner with the Australian masters over-45 team in Rotterdam, Holland this year.

"The Australian side came from all the different states and we all combined well and lifted well," he said.

"We really jelled as a team.

"This tournament is the pinnacle of my Hockey career.

"It only goes to proves if you stick with something long enough and enjoy what you're doing good things will come, and in my case a World Championship medal!"

The grand final was against England.

Australia led for the majority of the match but an England goal in the last minute pushed the game into a penalty shoot out.

"After their goalie saved the first one, we thought 'here we go, say goodbye to the championship' but our goalkeeper stood strong and we ended up winning 5-4," Morrison said.

The team went on a three-week tour leading into the World Cup, with matches against the Royal Polo Club in Barcelona, Spain, followed by games in Antwerp, Belgium, and culminating at the World Cup in Holland.

"The Dutch people were so fantastic; they were helpful and polite," Morrison said.

Morrison, a Baulkham Hills resident and member of Ryde Hunters Hill Hockey Club, has played hockey since he was about eight and has done a lot of coaching at NSW and club levels.

He has also represented Sydney, NSW and Australia in the masters division.

"I have started playing in representative sides in the last eight years, they have started taking interest," he said.

"When you first start, it's youthful exuberance that has you running around more than we do now."

"But it's a passion that drives you.

"You go to work to pay the bills but you play sport for the enjoyment and being part of the team."

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