DARRYN Marjoram believes he was lucky to earn selection in next year’s Australian Masters side to tour the Netherlands, but pedigree alone ensures this national honour is no fluke.
The Orange hockey veteran earned his sixth cap for Australia after helping the NSW over 45s men’s side to a dominant Australian Masters National Championship title, ending the eight-day event as the tournament’s number one side.
Undefeated throughout the pool stages and then coming off of a record-breaking 11-1 semi-final victory over Victoria, NSW accounted for Western Australia comfortably 7-1 to clinch the title.
“Everything clicked,” Marjoram said.
He added an element of luck may have ensured he was noticed by the national selectors.
“You never know if the selectors are there to watch the good things you do or some of the mistakes ... I was pretty lucky this time,” he laughed.
“The team I was in did very well. It helps lift your performance when the team wins the title undefeated,”
Marjoram is one of four New South Welshmen picked to make the trip to the Netherlands in June, 2014.
Western Australia dominates the 18-man squad with five members with Victoria the next best after NSW with three.
Marjoram knows just how strong the international competition is.
“They’re experienced teams. In 2012 we finished third. We had close games versus Germany, Holland and Great Britain and Great Britain won it. They have former Olympians in their side,” he said.
The 45-year-old said “mateship and camaraderie” were the two biggest driving forces behind extending his hockey career well into the veteran class.
“It’s still a good standard and it’s serious on the paddock,” he added.
“We’ve all got young families and the children are starting to develop friendships ... it’s a wonderful family friendly environment.”