Young Mo­hawks shine

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

FOUR Tees Val­ley Mo­hawks have made the fi­nal 12 for the North East of Eng­land Un­der-15 squad.

Af­ter five weeks of try outs in­volv­ing over 45 play­ers it was the Mo­hawk play­ers who im­pressed the coach­ing staff and have made the fi­nal squad.

Chair­man of the club Steve But­ler said: “To have one third of the play­ers of North East Eng­land team com­ing from the Mo­hawks is a in­cred­i­ble.

All four guys thor­oughly de­serve it and its their hard work, ef­fort, ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion for the sport which has helped them to show­case their tal­ents on the court, I’m so proud of all the play­ers and are look­ing for­ward to see­ing them per­form against the best in the coun­try.”

The Mo­hawks play­ers were Jake But­ler, Jack Win­ter, El­liott Gib­son and Daniel Kelsey. Daniel Kelsey was the only one to make the squad last year but is very happy to have three of his team­mates in the squad this year.

He said: “We have all trained ex­cep­tional hard this year and I be­lieve we all de­served this chance. It will be a good tour­na­ment and I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

The club’s achieve­ments don’t stop there though as two of it play­ers also made the fi­nal 12 of the North East Eng­land Un­der-17 squad for the first time ever.

Bryn­ley Hud­son and Kil­lian Bous­field made the cut for their age group which is another fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the squad as both played Un­der-15 last year and have another year at this level.

Coach But­ler added: “This was a very tough age group to get in, over 40 play­ers tried out and there was a lot of very tal­ented play­ers to choose from so I’m very proud of the guys for get­ting into the team.”

The Un­der-17 tour­na­ment is held at the same place in Manch­ester on the same Septem­ber week­end as the Un­der-15 so that will be six Mo­hawks play­ers rep­re­sent­ing their teams through­out the week­end.

Coach But­ler added: “This club is get­ting the recog­ni­tion is de­serve. As coaches we are work­ing hard to im­prove and make th­ese play­ers bet­ter ev­ery time they step onto the court by teach­ing them the skills re­quired to be the best their can be.

“Through­out all the North-east teams per­form­ing this sum­mer we have now had 13 play­ers rep­re­sent­ing the North East of Eng­land teams in their age group from Un­der-11 boys and Girls, Un­der 13 boys and now Un­der-15 and Un­der-17 boys teams which is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment.”

Tees Val­ley Mo­hawks are al­ways look­ing for the stars of the fu­ture and com­mu­nity ses­sions are start­ing up at Mid­dles­brough col­lege in Septem­ber for 6 - 14 year old boys and girls so if you would like to give it a try get in touch with Steve But­ler through the Mo­hawks web­site www.teesval­ley­mo­

Daniel Kelsey and Jack Win­ter

El­liot Gib­son and Jake But­ler

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