WA might be hosting the FHE Cup but local players have had a shaky start to the four-day international competition.
Kicking off yesterday at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley, WA has fielded 10 teams in the under-16 competition against some of the best young players from Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, NSW and Victoria.
The boys struggled to get wins on Day 1 with a 0-0 draw in the WA White versus WA Black match-up, while WA Grey went down twice, to Singapore 2-0 and to Victoria’s Ciriello Academy 3-1.
WA Black finally broke through for the first win in game 5, beating NSW 2-0, while the School Sports WA team backed it up in the next game with a 7-0 win over Majullah Singapore.
In the final boys’ game of the day, WA’s Regional Development Team lost to the Penang Hornets 5-1.The girls tasted more success, the all-local game between WA White and WA Black finishing with a 3-1 win to White, while WA’s Regional Development Team drew 1-1 with Japan before beating the Ciriello Academy 2-1.
The School Sports WA team beat WA Grey 3-1 before WA White closed out the day’s play with a disappointing 3-0 loss to Japan.
Play continues today with games all day from 8am to 4.10pm.
The gold medal matches will be held at the Perth Hockey Stadium from 2.10pm on Sunday.