Pair ply trade on big stage
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.
Blight in action.