Taupō hockey is tops

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - Front Page - Rachel Can­ning

Taupo¯ se­nior hockey is on fire, with the women’s team win­ning the Bay of Plenty Se­nior Women’s com­pe­ti­tion, the men’s team win­ning the Se­nior Men’s Hawke’s Bay com­pe­ti­tion, three play­ers se­lected for the Bay of Plenty/Tau­ranga team in the Men’s Na­tional Se­nior Tour­na­ment, and an­other three play­ers se­lected to rep­re­sent New Zealand at the 2019 Mas­ters World Cup in Spain.

Taupo¯ Hockey de­vel­op­ment man­ager Wendy Milne says the wins are a great achieve­ment, con­sid­er­ing Taupo¯ is such a small area and this is only the sec­ond year Taupo¯ Hockey has had a team in the Hawke’s Bay com­pe­ti­tion. She adds this is also the first year the club has had enough play­ers to have two women’s teams. “The other women’s team placed fourth in the Bay of Plenty Se­nior Women’s com­pe­ti­tion, which we were all pretty stoked about.”

James Line­ham, Hugh Mitchell and Rob­bie Hol­lan­der also played in the Bay of Plenty/Tau­ranga men’s team where they placed eighth over­all at the tour­na­ment in Welling­ton. Robyn Har­ri­son, Rose Prisk and Chris Brasell, all cur­rent se­nior play­ers for Taupo¯ Hockey, will rep­re­sent New Zealand at the Mas­ters World Cup to be held in Ter­rassa, Spain, in July 2019.

Wendy says the club is pretty happy with the re­sults, with many plan­ning on play­ing hockey over the sum­mer to keep up their skills and fit­ness dur­ing the off-sea­son.

“Sum­mer hockey is re­ally fun, there are teams for all player lev­els and I would en­cour­age peo­ple to join a team and come along,” says Wendy.

■ Sum­mer hockey starts on Oc­to­ber 17 with reg­is­tra­tion de­tails at www.taupo­hockey.co.nz.

Photo / Sup­plied

The Taupo¯ Hockey women’s team beat Ru Cru 4-1 in the fi­nal to win the Bay of Plenty Se­nior Women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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