Fremantle Hockey Club in a healthy state

Ethan Faulds and Ryan Pace
Ethan Faulds and Ryan Pace

THE 2016 hockey season has not even started but two young players are already sending ominous signs to the rest of the competition.

Fremantle Hockey Club junior Ethan Faulds and Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club’s Ryan Pace, who will make the move to Fremantle this season, have kicked their year off with a bang after winning gold with their WA teammates at the U18 National State Indoor Championships in January.

It wasn’t an easy win, coming up against a more experienced New South Wales team in a gold medal match that ended regular time tied at 5-all, WA winning the match in a dramatic final shoot-out after sinking 3 goals to 2.

The victory capped off a stellar few months for Ethan, who last year made his debut for the Fremantle men’s 1 team, despite being only 16-years-old.

Fremantle Hockey Club men’s vice president Matt Allan said it was an honour for all players to pull on the black and gold of WA and the club was proud its players continued to play a key role in state teams.

“The level of competition is superb and there are no easy wins, so to pick up the gold medal is testament to the talent and spirit we foster in the west,” he said.

“Like any high performance athletes at their age, if they stay fit and focused then there is a world of opportunity ahead of them.

“They have the platform and the eye of selectors, they now weed to maintain the dedication, continue to improve and have that little bit of luck.”

In another big coup, the Fremantle club has also signed on former Australian representative Matthew Butturini as the men’s 1 coach and former Scotland and Great Britain international Niall Stott as the women’s 1 coach for 2016.