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