Hockey play­ers thrilled

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Four Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School hockey play­ers will be sport­ing red, black and yel­low on the turf this sea­son.

Year 7 students Lauren Hawkins and Reuben Jones, and year 8 students Madi­son Tims and Emily De Klerk have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Waikato.

Lauren and Emily will be play­ing for the Col­lier de­vel­op­ment team, Madi­son for the Col­lier A team and Reuben for the Hatch de­vel­op­ment team.

All four also play for the school’s A team and have been in Waikato rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams be­fore.

To make the se­lec­tion, the play­ers had to demon­strate their skills over two tri­als.

‘‘It takes a lot of prac­tice to make it into a rep team,’’ said Lauren. ‘‘Hockey is quite a hard sport to play.’’ Madi­son said play­ing for Waikato was a good way to make new friends.

‘‘All my friends from my team last year are in my team again this year, so it’s pretty cool,’’ she said.

The play­ers have al­ready started train­ing twice a week with their teams and are look­ing for­ward to play­ing in tour­na­ments later in the sea­son.

Last week, they were all stay­ing up to watch the New Zealand hockey teams com­pete at the Olympics.

‘‘Hockey Lauren.

is a

very

in­spi­ra­tional

sport,’’

said

Our reps: Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate students Reuben Jones, Madi­son Tims, Lauren Hawkins and Emily De Klerk (front), will all play hockey for Waikato this sea­son

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