Hopefuls learn from best of best

Five-time IHF World Hockey Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer demonstrates skills to students at the clinic.
Five-time IHF World Hockey Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer demonstrates skills to students at the clinic.

Sporting equipment was put to good use as the juniors learnt techniques from big names like Jamie Dwyer and Jayde Taylor, as well as Guildford MTL coach, Glenn Simpson.

Old Guildfordians Mundaring Hockey Club spokesman Rod Armstrong said about 150 children turned up for the coaching clinic.

Dwyer, who scored the winner in the Olympic gold medal match in 2004, was named the Young Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation in 2002.

In 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 he was recognised as the IHF World Player of the Year.

He has been inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport ‘Best of the Best’.

Hockey players aged 8-18 paid $50 for the specialised clinic, which included a sausage sizzle at the end, and a team shirt presentation for MTL men and Willow Bridge women’s teams.

‘It was very inspiring for the kids to be taught by such big names in the hockey scene,’ Dwyer said of the clinic.