Hockey master's sporting secret to defeating young opponents
IF THE legs don't move quite as fast as they did, the brain can do the work instead.
It's a sporting secret canny Scott Hamilton employs to very good effect.
Ballina-based Hamilton is preparing for his first training run with the Australian Over-40s men's team ahead of the Masters World Cup in Holland.
The 40-year-old still stars for his town side in the top FNC Hockey division, pitting his wits - and stamina - against the competition's talented young pups.
"I chase 15-year-olds around in A-grade," he said. "It will be nice to be one of the faster ones for a change, to tell you the truth.
"It's great playing against the younger ones. They have the pace, so you have to play smarter.
"Hopefully over the years you learn a few tricks.
"Hockey's great fun. I love it."
Hamilton was a keen soccer player as a child before being asked to make up the numbers at a hockey carnival one day.
He hasn't looked back since.
"I still like soccer, but I prefer the speed and control of hockey," he said.
"I like keeping fit and I really enjoy the team environment as well."
Hamilton earned selection for his age group side after impressing for the NSW Masters side last year.
He will line up alongside some of the world's best amateur players at June's event, which takes place in Holland.
The Australian team, which will likely feature ex-Olympians and other top national players, will attend a training camp in Barcelona before the tournament.
"It's a chance of a lifetime," Hamilton said. "I was surprised to get picked, but really proud.
"There's a really good vibe with the Masters. It's good to test yourself against that quality and it's great meeting new people.
"It's serious stuff, but good fun as well."
The married father-of-two also said he was keen to pull on the green and gold jersey at the event. "Just to wear that green and gold is amazing," he said.