Emerg­ing play­ers se­lected

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SEV­ERAL Vic­to­ria Park Xavier Hockey Club and Old Aquini­ans Hockey Club play­ers have been se­lected in WA’s un­der-18 Women’s team.

Last year, West­ern Aus­tralia’s U18 Men’s team flew home from the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships as gold medal win­ners, while the State’s women claimed bronze.

They will now look to build on this suc­cess this year when they take to the field once again in Ho­bart be­tween April 19 and 29.

Last week Hockey WA an­nounced the State’s 2017 un­der-18 Men’s team for the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Hockey WA high per­for­mance and un­der-18 men’s coach Tom Wick­ham said the past cou­ple of weeks had been a tough process try­ing to iron out who the fi­nal 18 will be to travel to Ho­bart.

"En­ter­ing our teams into the Pre­Sea­son Cup tour­na­ment has been a great re­source for us to gain bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of play­ers and what they have to of­fer,” he said.

“It’s al­ways a tough process when you have a group of young tal­ented ath­letes com­pet­ing for lim­ited po­si­tions. How­ever we are happy with the se­lec­tions we have come to.

“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."

Last year’s un­der-18 men’s and women’s teams per­formed well.

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