Article extract, Terry Wilson, Gold Coast Bulletin, July 28, 2016 12:00am
IT has been a busy and successful couple of weeks for gifted Gold Coast hockey sisters Morgan and Lindsay Mathison.
Morgan, 16, and her Australian schoolgirls team completed an undefeated tour of South Africa, with games played in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Australia won three practice games then won a three-match Test series against South Africa by 2-0, winning the first Test 2-0, the second Test 3-1 and drawing the third 1-1.
Capping the tour was the fact Morgan was the team captain.
Not to be outdone, Lindsay was a member of the Queensland team that won the national under-18 championships played in Tasmania.
The Queenslanders won the championships final 2-1 against NSW.
The sisters play for Burleigh in the Gold Coast competition and Easts in the Brisbane Women’s Hockey League but that is to change in a fortnight.
Lindsay, 18, has accepted a hockey scholarship at Berkeley College in California, although she admits she has no idea what awaits her in the future, unlike her sister.
“This is a chance to advance both on and off the field but I don’t know what I want to do eventually,” Lindsay said.
“Her goal is to make the Australian team for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.”
The Mathisons, from Gladstone, moved to the Gold Coast this year.