Club hosts in­line champs

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Levin Thun­der In­line Hockey Club has been awarded host­ing rights for Inter-re­gional Cham­pi­onships 2018.

Club pres­i­dent Ar­den Phillips said the event will be hosted at the Horowhenua Event Cen­tre, Levin from Oc­to­ber 20 to 22.

“This is the first time in 23 years of in­line hockey that a ma­jor event will be held in Levin.

“For me as both Levin Thun­der’s pres­i­dent and player since I was 11 years old, it is a dream come true to see the event come to ru­ral New Zealand. It gives Levin Thun­der a chance to show­case our beau­ti­ful re­gion and what our lovely town has to of­fer.”

The com­pe­ti­tion is sim­i­lar to rugby pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships. Lo­cal in­line hockey clubs join forces within their spec­i­fied re­gions.

The Lower North Is­land spans from Napier across to Whanganui and down to Welling­ton, com­bin­ing eight clubs as the Lower North Is­land All Stars.

The Cen­tral and North­ern re­gions will also be com­pet­ing with a to­tal of 18 teams across six grades: U10, U12, U14, U16, Ju­nior Women and Mas­ters 35+.

“A lot of plan­ning has gone into the event with over 250 com­peti­tors due to ar­rive in Levin for Labour Week­end. We ex­pect to see a high level of hockey played as many ath­letes from most grades have rep­re­sented New Zealand,” Phillips said.

“That in­clud­ing Sammy Hey­ward from Levin who has been se­lected to rep­re­sent Lower

North Is­land in the U16 grade. Sammy re­cently re­turned from Italy, where she com­peted in the In­line Hockey World Cham­pi­onships for the U18 Ju­nior Women New Zealand Team.

“Then there is Shawn Ret­ter, a Levin Thun­der se­nior player, who ear­lier in the year com­peted in Czech Repub­lic while representing New Zealand Mas­ters.”

On the Sun­day of that week­end Vi­sion Hockey will spon­sor a skills com­pe­ti­tion where we will put com­peti­tors’ skills to the test and re­ward in­di­vid­ual abil­i­ties.

Events will in­clude Fastest Skater, Sniper Award, Top Goalie in a 12 and un­der, 16 and Un­der and Ju­nior Women grades.

Team Vi­sion mem­bers Sammy Hey­ward, Zy Hirst and Am­ber Metcalfe will be lead­ing out the com­pe­ti­tion in all three events.

“Levin Thun­der In­line Hockey Club is re­ally ex­cited about the event,” he said.

“Any­one who wishes to come and watch is more than wel­come with free ad­mis­sion for all.”

LVN140919d­bin­line­hockey1 PHOTO / DAR­RYL BUT­LER

Sammy Hey­ward, Am­ber Metcalfe, Char­lotte Healy, Mar­cus Healy, Andrew Montgomery, Peyton Ran­ish, Keanu Baker Tatana, Eli Cuneen, Jack Pehi, Zyran Hirst, Brook­lyn Lang­don-Poutoa, Alyssa Sma­l­ing and Troy Borth­wick.

PHOTO / DAR­RYL BUT­LER

Some Levin In­line Hockey play­ers who also rep­re­sent New Zealand: Alyssa Sma­l­ing, Brook­lyn Lang­don-Poutoa, Am­ber Metcalfe, Sammy Hey­ward and Zyran Hirst.

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