Hockey’s hometown heroes
The talent of four Tokoroa hockey players has been noticed after competing well in tournaments.
Tokoroa Intermediate hockey players Andre AshtonDuyvestyn, Keegan Willis and Thomas Ria were members of the Bay of Plenty under 13 hockey team and were runners up in the New Zealand Hatch Cup tournament played at North Harbour.
They faced solid opposition to secure their place in the final against South Canterbury.
Despite a one-goal lead at half time in the final, they were beaten three goals to one by South Canterbury.
‘‘We were up one-nil and then they had a really big surge and played well and went down three to one.’’ Andre said.
However they were the top North Island under 13 team.
At the same time Jessica Nicholson was playing in the Bay of Plenty Under 13 girls team in the Collier Cup tournament in Timaru.
Although Jessica’s team did not reach the finals she was named most valued player of the tournament.
Jessica’s team came 15th and she said being a team member was a highlight. ‘‘Getting to know the new people because they come from all over and just staying as a team.’’
REPRESENT: Tokoroa Intermediate hockey players Jessica Nicholson, Andre Ashton-Duyvestyn, Keegan Willis and Thomas Ria represented the Bay of Plenty region.