Victoria Park hockey player selected in State under-21 team

Victoria Park hockey player selected in State under-21 team

VICTORIA Park resident Renee Rockliff has been selected to play in the WA Hockey under-21’s State tournament next month .

The 19-year-old started playing hockey when she four and his since played in various state teams and competitions.

Last year she was selected to play in the under-21’s Australian Championships but was injured two days before the event so had to give up her place.

Rockliff said it was an honour to be selected for the team again.

“It is very rewarding to play for the state and see the time and effort you put into training come to fruition,” she said.

“With a new coach and new ground, all the girls really want to get the gold medal around their necks and I think we can definitely do it.”

In March, Hockey WA named former Olympians Dean Evans and Lindsey Wright as the Head Coaches of the 2018 under-21 teams.

Wright said she aimed to encourage and motivate players to be their best and reach a higher standard.

“If that came in terms of a medal it would be fantastic,” she said.

City of South Perth residents Annie Gibbs, Sophie Johnston and Emma Reid were also selected for the state under-21 women’s team.

South Perth resident James Collins was selected to represent the under-21 men’s team.

The 2018 under 21 Australian Championship is taking place from July 4-11.

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