WHEN Kevin Sherman first picked up a hockey stick as a teenager, he would have laughed at the suggestion he would one day represent Australia at the World Cup.
But now that day is about to arrive as Sherman will line up for the Australian men’s 55s team which will compete at the 2018 IMHA Masters World Cup to be held in Barcelona, Spain.
It won’t be the first time he has worn Australian colours – he did so for the national 55s team which won their division of the Trans Tasman Challenge in New Zealand last year – but Sherman’s latest challenge will be on another level.
“I was picked in last year’s 55s team that went to New Zealand, so I thought I was a bit of a chance to get picked for this, but you never know with some of the young ones coming through,” Sherman, who plays his club hockey for the Buccaneers, said.
“If someone had told me as a kid I’d get picked I would’ve said don’t be silly – especially as country kids when I was first playing it was hard to get a look in, all the Sydney players were pretty strong, so it was hard to get picked in any of the New South Wales sides.
“But as you get older, if you’re still going alright, you get a chance. Never give up.”
Sherman is one of three NSW players picked in the outfit, with Victorian, Queensland and Western Australian talents making up the remainder of the squad.
The Australians will play a trial game and have a handful of training sessions before beginning their World Cup bid. The Bathurst talent, who will line up in the halves, is looking forward to the experience.
“It’s different when you stand there and listen to the national anthem. Like you see it on TV, but to actually be there and do it, it’s totally different, it gets right to you,” he said.
“I’ve never been there [Spain] before, so again that should be totally different. We play Wales, England, New Zealand, Scotland – they have a couple of pools.
“It hasn’t quite hit me yet, probably when I go to fly out it might hit me a bit more. It will be good, but pretty different to playing here, you’re playing against other countries.
“I’m just going over there to enjoy it, but hopefully we can come away with a medal. We’ll see how we go.”
Sherman will fly out on Sunday, with the World Cup to run from July 20 to August 6.