Olympics in­spire hockey hope­fuls

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

New Zealand’s stel­lar per­for­mances in hockey at the re­cent 2012 Lon­don Olympics seem to be in­spir­ing a whole new gen­er­a­tion of play­ers, with more than 60 be­gin­ners or first-time play­ers turn­ing out for Cen­tral Otago Hockey’s Kwik­sticks de­vel­op­ment train­ing, co-or­di­na­tor Sally Mul­lally said. De­signed to bring on next sea­son’s play­ers and pos­si­bly re­gional and na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers, the weekly Thurs­day ses­sion is de­signed for year 5 to 8 chil­dren. It’s at Pi­o­neer Park turf in Alexan­dra from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and Omakau from 3.45pm to 5.45pm. ‘‘Some are ab­so­lute be­gin­ners, and some have not been able to play hockey up un­til now be­cause of clashes with other sports,’’ Ms Mul­lally said. The friendly six-a-side com­pe­ti­tion with no sub­sti­tutes, was all about de­vel­op­ing skills and get­ting ‘‘time on the ball,’’ with in­spi­ra­tion pro­vided by the re­gion’s tal­ented coaches and ex-rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers, she said. Mon­day’s ses­sions at Pi­o­neer Park cater for 4 to 8 year olds, with as many as 40 chil­dren turn­ing up af­ter school. Train­ing will continue for the few weeks, and if there’s enough in­ter­est, a sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion may be­gin for this de­vel­op­ment level. Contact Sally Mul­lally for more de­tails: sally.den­nis@ xtra.co.nz

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