Pair ply trade on big stage

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

UGSHA’s Chloe Blight and Liam Sweeney have re­turned home he­roes af­ter rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in De­cem­ber.

Blight and Sweeney trav­elled to Fiji with the Aus­tralian coun­try un­der-21 squads for the Fiji In­vi­ta­tional Se­ries.

Both the men’s and women’s squads faced off against Fiji’s na­tional sides and an In­vi­ta­tional XI, com­prised of the Pa­cific na­tion’s best hockey play­ers who couldn’t quite make their na­tion’s first XI cut.

Sweeney and his team­mates of Venom, the Aus­tralia Coun­try un­der-21 men’s side, went un­de­feated in the tour­na­ment and claimed a 3-2 vic­tory against Fiji’s na­tional team to win the Hec­tor Tro­phy.

Blight and the Aus­tralia Coun­try un­der-21 women’s side, the Wat­tles, could not repli­cate the suc­cess of their male coun­ter­parts, los­ing the Tai Tro­phy de­cider in the fi­nal min­utes.

The Wat­tles man­aged a 4-2 record dur­ing the se­ries, which in­cluded a win against Fiji’s na­tional side from their three matches.

Blight said it was a lit­tle daunt­ing rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia for the first time.

“Very ex­cit­ing and ner­vous at the same time, but a very good ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

She also said the ex­pe­ri­ence will help with her hockey back home.

Pic­tures: Aus­tralian Coun­try Men's and Women's Hockey/Face­book

Blight in ac­tion.

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