Hockey: perseverance paying off for Melville City starlet


Jo Snyman playing for the under-17 All Australian School Girls in Europe earlier this month.
Jo Snyman playing for the under-17 All Australian School Girls in Europe earlier this month.

LYING in the grass with a throbbing knee courtesy of her own sister and tears running down cheeks, then nine-year-old Jo Snyman was convinced hockey was not the sport for her.

Fast forward eight years and between club, state and national commitments she barely puts her stick down.

“At first, I absolutely hated hockey; my parents forced me into it and I was not a fan of getting dragged out of bed to play on Sunday mornings,” Jo said.

“The first match I played I ended up crying on the field after my sister hit me in the knee.”

The sport slowly grew on Jo, and she has become an integral young member of the Melville City Hockey Club since her family moved from Rockingham to Kardinya in 2012.

She made her Premier women’s debut off the bench as a 14-year-old but has now established herself as a solid and reliable defender for both the Maroons and WA.

Earlier this month Jo was part of an under-17 All Australian School Girls side that toured Europe taking on Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

“We lost all three games that we played by one goal but it was really great to see how big hockey is over there,” she said.

“They take it so seriously and everyone gets around it. We went to see one of their Premier League games and the atmosphere around it was just so much bigger than in Australia.”

While on tour Jo received word that she had been named in Hockey Australia’s National Futures Squad, a good sign for her prospects of one day putting on the green and gold for the Hockeyroos.

“I do hope to play for Australia but not many people make it to that level,” she said.

“At the moment my first goal is to make it into the Australian Hockey League playing for the WA Diamonds.”

Jo also remains committed to Melville City and said the club’s Premier women had a good chance of playing finals this season after finishing near the bottom of the ladder last year.

“I love the club and this season we’ve probably got the best group of girls we’ve had since I first started playing,” she said.

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