U18 men’s team named to fly flag for WA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

HOCKEY WA has un­veiled its 2017 men’s team to com­pete at the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Ho­bart in April.

Last year, WA’s U18 Men flew home with the gold medal af­ter tri­umph­ing over New South Wales in a dra­matic shootout which saw WA goal­keeper Chris­tian Starkie save four out of the five at­tempts he faced.

Our men in black and gold will now be look­ing to repli­cate this suc­cess when they take to the field again in just a few weeks time.

Hockey WA’s high-per­for­mance and U18 men’s coach Tom Wick­ham said he was happy with the fi­nal side.

“En­ter­ing our teams into the pre-sea­son cup tour­na­ment has been a great re­source for us to gain bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of play­ers and what they have to of­fer.

“We have se­lected ath­letes who we be­lieve are ready to step up to the de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions we re­quire to put us into a po­si­tion to win.

“The im­por­tance of se­lect­ing a team of play­ers who can fit in and do what is re­quired for the team was a huge part of the se­lec­tion process. The ath­letes who have been se­lected as re­serves are also ath­letes we be­lieve are more than ready to step up to the chal­lenge if called upon.”

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