U13 hockey play­ers make Waikato rep teams

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - KELLY HARWARD

Mata­mata hockey play­ers are mak­ing a big mark.

Six Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents were named in Waikato un­der 13 rep teams.

Jerome De Wilde made Waikato Hatch, Grace Hay­ward made Waikato Col­lier with Shawna Stoner, Ben Pil­more-Evans and Leo Cleaver mak­ing the Waikato de­vel­op­ment team, with Con­rad Wil­son short­listed for the de­vel­op­ment team.

Ben, Jerome, Grace, Con­rad, Shawna and Leo play for Mata- mata In­ter­me­di­ate Gold on Fri­day nights.

‘‘These play­ers didn’t get here by luck or purely on nat­u­ral tal­ent. There is a cham­pion mind­set that is re­quired to reach these higher level.

‘‘It has taken a com­bi­na­tion of drive, am­bi­tion, train­ing, hard work, pas­sion, com­pe­ti­tion, wins and losses,’’ says In­ter­me­di­ate Gold hockey coach Kelly Hay­ward.

She says the new full turf, which has now been com­pleted at Mata­mata College, means some games can be played in Mata­mata in­stead of lo­cal teams trav­el­ling to Hamil­ton ev­ery Fri­day night and is giv­ing young play­ers a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to im­prove their hockey.

‘‘This team has had some amaz­ing achieve­ments to­gether. They made the premier grade for only the sec­ond time in eight years. They have set their goals high and won’t stop un­til they get there,’’ says Hay­ward.

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