A host of Hockey Albury-Wodonga exports have been selected for Victorian sides to contest the 2019 National Masters Hockey Championships.
Sharon Kidd (over-35s), Sherren Rahaley, Katy Smithwick (over-40s), Ange McDonald, Nan Latta (over-45s) and Lesley Forman (over-50s) have been selected for the women's event, starting Friday on the Gold Coast.
Jeremy Maggs, Tony Donnolley (over-35s), Matt Bardy (over-40s), Brett Pontt (over-45s), Ivo Mol (over-55s), Mark Hulme (over-60s) and Dennis Martin (over-65s) will make the trip over to Western Australia for the men's event, also starting Friday at Bunbury and Busselton.
It will be Maggs' first time playing for the state in masters, making a return to the representative scene after captaining Victoria Country at Bendigo in 2012.
Maggs said he almost ruled himself out due to his brother, Andrew, undergoing treatment for cancer.
"Andrew wanted me to go and you just don't know when you might get to play again," Maggs said.
"My old man is playing in the 65s NSW team, so it's cool that we'll play at the same Australian championships together."
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Maggs is looking forward to playing alongside Donnolley, who co-coaches the Albury-Wodonga Spitfires, at state level once more.
"We pretty much started our state league careers in the exact same game and we're still having a hit together," Maggs said.
"It's a long way, which makes it an expensive trip, but I'm the youngest I'll ever be in vets (veterans).
"The big thing in vets is the guys that keep their legs. A lot of them are crazy skilful, but they can't move.
"At the moment, mine are still working, but we'll see how eight games in nine days goes."
It will be the 22nd time Martin has represented Victoria in masters.
The over-65s player is hoping to continue his good run of form to gain selection for next year's World Grand Masters, to be held in Tokyo after the Olympics.
"The secret is to try keep yourself fit through the tournament, so when you come to the final, you've still got a bit of legs," Martin said.
"Myself and Mark Hulme are driving over because we've got the time to do it and we're carting some team supplies."
Pontt is also a regular for Victoria, having only missed one tournament since 2013.
"You're playing a top-notch standard and you just push yourself that little bit harder," he said.
"We've missed finals by one or two goals the last couple of years, but if things go our way we've got a good chance of getting there."
Rahaley will become a three-time Victorian representative when she lines up for the over-40s women.
"This is the first year I've played state league (with the Spitfiees) fully committed and part of that was to try and make it to the World Cup in 2020," she said.
"I don't know if I'll get there or not, but it's something to strive for."