NZ on top un­der­wa­ter

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By JIM CHIPP

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.

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