Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Junior Country Week - Preview

Junior teams to represent Wimmera at country championships
The Wimmera Hockey Association will be represented at the Junior Country Week hockey championships once again with a large squad travelling down to Melbourne this weekend.
Games will be played on Saturday 28 June and Sunday 29 June 2008 at several venues in Melbourne including the State Hockey Centre.
All teams will play teams from country areas around the state over the two days of competition.
Many games are played on artificial turf which is great experience and a whole new ball game for our Wimmera players who play on grass fields through our normal season. The game can be a lot faster and often requires different tactics and plays.
Sometimes it can take a few games to get used to the different style of play, which can potentially be a disadvantage to our teams playing against some opposition who are more familiar with the faster synthetic surfaces.
Our association however has been well represented in the past with several teams in recent years being quite competitive and reaching finals.
This year the association is sending 72 players in six teams including: an Under 15 girls team and an Under 17 girls team, an Under 13 boys team, two Under 15 boys teams, and an Under 17 boys team.
All six Wimmera clubs are represented, with a large contingent from Yanac, Kaniva, Dimboola and Nhill, and a few from Warracknabeal and Horsham.
There are some 20 parents and officials going along to support them.
The weekend is a good opportunity to build confidence in players as well as promote inter-club friendships which is beneficial at an association level.
Also, thanks go to Dimboola’s IGA supermarket which is sponsoring these teams supplying fruit and food.
Good luck to all teams, and skill!
- Rachel Clark

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