Local hockey stars of tomorrow share field with Olympic stars

The state under-13 team will get to play on the same fields as Olympians.
The state under-13 team will get to play on the same fields as Olympians.

HOCKEY players from Claremont, Subiaco and Nedlands who competed in Hockey WA’s under-13 super camps are in line to play on the same field as Olympic gold medallists.

More than 250 players have the chance to compete at the under-13 national championships, which will be held simultaneously with the Australian Hockey League (AHL) from September 29 to October 8.

AHL is one of the biggest national tournaments, features players from the Kookaburras, Hockeyroos and other state players.

Hockey WA chief executive officer Peter Churack said it was an honour for WA to host the under-13 national championships.

“Our recent Hockey WA super camps served as the first stage in the selection process for the state team which will compete at the U13 Championships, and were a huge success,” he said.

“Furthermore, these camps are vital to ensuring that our young athletes continue to learn, improve their skills and build friendships with people from across the state throughout their ongoing development.

“It will hopefully serve to inspire the next generation of world-class Australian athletes as well.

“In WA, we have a proud tradition of success at the AHL and our Thundersticks and Diamonds are already in the history books as two of the most successful teams in the tournament’s history,” he said.