Hockey’s home­town he­roes

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

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