PORT Macquarie hockey star Maddi Drewitt has added another medal to an ever-increasing tally by collecting gold at the under-16 Australian All-Schools titles in Newcastle.
Drewitt's New South Wales team defeated Queensland 2-1 in the final, overturning a loss to the same opponent earlier in the week.
It comes on the back of her gold medal success in January last year at the under-13 indoor hockey titles.
The Tacking Point Thunder Omni attacker had to play a new role for the New South Wales team in Newcastle.
While it was one she admitted was different, she also added another string to her bow for future representative teams.
"I don't usually play defender, but playing in that defensive role means I now know how to play a different position," Drewitt said.
"I think it's going to be a good thing to be versatile for other (representative) teams.
"I was a little bit nervous and unsure, but by the end of it it was good and I got the hang of it."
New South Wales went through the week-long tournament only suffering the one loss.
It was the first All-Schools team the teenager had played in although she admitted the experience down in Newcastle was similar to other teams she had played for outside of school.
"I played with the same girls from outside of school hockey," she said.
Drewitt's Mid North Coast Premier League team have two rounds to play before the finals and she felt she had returned as a better player.
Her presence will help the Omni push for a finals spot high on the ladder although she is also a member of the Accelerated Athlete Program for talented players.
"I still have training for AAP and all that and then I have finals so I think I came back as a better player," she said.
"We have our AAP camps that lead up to the under-18 championships, but that's about it at the moment."
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