It’s all in­line for Zach

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Zach Bovey is mak­ing a name for him­self in a sport that doesn’t get a lot of at­ten­tion.

The Pukerua Bay 13-year-old re­cently re­turned from an in­line hockey se­ries in Hamil­ton, where New Zealand age group teams took on their Aus­tralian coun­ter­parts.

Un­for­tu­nately, Zach and his un­der-12 team-mates (he was 12 at the start of this year) lost 5-2 and 3-1 in two ul­tra-com­pet­i­tive matches.

‘‘ We were def­i­nitely keen to knock them over, but they were quite a strong side. I found them re­ally hard to get past.’’

The de­fence­man en­joyed his first taste of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, es­pe­cially the proud mo­ment when it came to pull on the New Zealand colours.

He said he was ex­cited, but had sym­pa­thy for the play­ers who didn’t make the cut to play for their coun­try.

Zach said he fell into in­line hockey through a fam­ily mem­ber about seven years ago, and said he was now ad­dicted.

He trav­els to Up­per Hutt once ev­ery week to train with the Rimu­taka Rene­gades club, be­cause there is no in­line hockey club in Porirua.

‘‘I just love the speed of the game and you have to think smart when you’re out there as well. Not too many know about in­line, but there’s a good lo­cal league and it’s get­ting more pop­u­lar.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

In­line Kiwi: Zach Bovey has knocked off an im­por­tant mile­stone in his young life – rep­re­sent­ing his coun­try in his cho­sen sport of in­line hockey.

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