NZ on top underwater
A bright future beckons for Porirua underwater hockey players.
Early this month a New Zealand under-18 women’s team, which included three Porirua players, defeated Australia three times to win the trans-Tasman team challenge.
The tournament was played at the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie.
Along the way, the youngsters took time out to also beat the Australian under-20 team 3-1, after initially going behind by an early goal.
Coach Emma Rae said the win over the older Australian women was fantastic but the New Zealand girls had always been confident they could do it.
‘‘I think that game was quite special for us.
It was a case of older and wiser Australians against the youth and strength of the New Zealanders, she said.
All the Wellington girls had strong games, she said.
Victorious: Wellington representatives in the New Zealand Under-18 underwater hockey team. From left, front: Anastasia Burn, of Karori, Hannah Cork, and Emma Symond, both of Plimmerton. Back: Bridget Hawthorne, of Whitby and Abigail Freeland, of Karori.