Toa one win from Porirua hockey his­tory

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Toa women’s hockey team is on the cusp of pro­mo­tion to Premier 1 grade.

The side have gained the top qual­i­fy­ing spot af­ter an ex­cel­lent sea­son. Toa are one game away from be­ing the first Porirua team, men’s or women’s, to play premier hockey.

Player-coach Lisa Bishop says,

‘‘This year our aim was to bring in new play­ers and coach them to play at a se­nior level.

‘‘We have quite a few young play­ers mixed with a few older ones so it’s a good bal­ance.’’

Hav­ing played Premier 1 hockey for a Welling­ton-based club for more than 20 years, Bishop knows what is re­quired to do well at that level and feels Toa have a great op­por­tu­nity to be part of that. She played for Toa as a ju­nior and her re­turn to the club has helped them rise from Premier 3.

The pro­mo­tion- rel­e­ga­tion match against In­di­ans is on Septem­ber 22 at the Na­tional Hockey Sta­dium in Welling­ton.

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