Hockey strong in Fiordland

Fiordland hockey players (from left) Nicole Green, Georgia Lindsay and Georgia Shanks have been selected in the Invercargill Hockey Association U13 festival girls team. PHOTO: Penny Shanks

Just after coming out of recess, hockey in Fiordland has proven so successful that junior players have been selected for representative teams for upcoming tournaments.

Fiordland hockey players Georgia Lindsay, Nicole Green, Georgia Shanks, Callum McMurtie, Lije Day and Jake Musgrave (not pictured) join players selected from teams all over Southland to play in the Invercargill Hockey Association Under 13 representative girls and boys teams for Festival tournaments being held in Cromwell in October.

After-school hockey coach Christine Pounsford said having six players from Fiordland selected into the two teams was terrific for the Fiordland Hockey Club.

"The kids side of things is brilliant; it's looking good for the future."

Ms Pounsford said junior hockey was booming, with up to 38 children turning up at the community turf for training. "Really little" children around Year 3 would attend a couple of sessions, but older ones would regularly attend the training, she said.

"The Year 5, 6, 7 and 8s are all pretty committed. That's pretty spread over three grades."

Ms Pounsford said they would gauge the level of skill the players had before placing them into various teams. Having six players make it into the representative teams that next step above would provide some inspiration for other players to strive towards.

"It's really good, it gives all of them something to aim for."

Lije Day has been selected into the Invercargill Hockey Association U13 festival boys team. PHOTO: Penny Shanks

Having the new community turf based at Fiordland College was also another bonus for the future of hockey, she said.

"It's brilliant... what's going to be good for hockey at the club side is that kids can get a taste of it and can play in their lunchtimes."

Ms Pounsford said there was a lot of travelling done by committed players and parents, and although they hadn't sought assistance in previous years, she hoped local businesses may be able to help out with future seasons.

The U13 girls Festival team will play in Cromwell from October 5 till 7, and the boys U13 team will follow up on October 8 till 10.

Callum McMurtie has also been selected for the U13 boys team from Invercargill Hockey Association. PHOTO: Supplied


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