Hockey history as Lewis Fossey, 13, picked for Kedron-Wavell top team
WHEN rising Brisbane hockey star Lewis Fossey, 13, lines up against Northern Suburbs on Saturday (March 29), he will make history as the youngest division 1 player in Kedron-Wavell history.
Wolves men’s vice-president Alan Myers yesterday said circumstance – injury and unavailability – plus Lewis’s talent and potential had prompted the promotion from J1 to the Brisbane Hockey League big time.
“He’s fast, he’s aggressive and he’s courageous,” Myers said of the half or inside forward, who turns 14 on Monday, March 31.
“Plus, he gets very involved in the game.”
Lewis, a current Queensland junior representative player, rejoined Kedron-Wavell this season after a couple of years at St Andrews, Myers said. But he’s a real Kedron-Wavell product, having started there in under-7s.
The occasion will prove even more special as Lewis’s brother, Elliot, 17, will also suit up for the Wolves against Norths at the State Hockey Centre at 3.30pm.
Youth policy in action
Myers said Lewis’s elevation to the big boys’ bench aligned with coach Matt Smith’s youth policy as he attempted to rebuild the division 1 team’s fortunes from a second-last finish last year.
In fact, Norths were the only club to finish below Kedron-Wavell last season, so Smith said he was expecting points this round.
It would be a big weekend for Lewis, who was also set to play in the Junior Hockey League season-opener, also against Norths, at Chermside tonight (Friday, March 28).
Myers said it was the first time in a few years Kedron-Wavell had fielded a side in the J1 competition.
“All of a sudden we’ve had some quality players turn up.”
The Kedron-Wavell women’s division 1 team has a bye this weekend.
Picture: Alan Myers