Talented local hockey products impress at Junior State Championships

STRONG SHOWING: Hockey juniors Emma Hooppell and Bella Heagney impressed at the Junior State Championships with the North East Knights. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS
STRONG SHOWING: Hockey juniors Emma Hooppell and Bella Heagney impressed at the Junior State Championships with the North East Knights. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

A number of Hockey Albury-Wodonga (HAW) youngsters represented the region with pride at the recent Junior State Championships.

The tournament was played across both Footscray Hockey Centre and the State Netball Hockey Centre last week.

Local players competed in the North East Knights – a joint team where selections were made from both Albury and Shepparton-based talent.

North East Knights performed steadily over the four-day tournament against 10 zones from Victorian country and metropolitan zones.

The under 13s girls placed seventh with Bella Heagney finishing as the fourth highest goal scorer.

Kyle Said was the equal top goal scorer for the under 15s boys who came away with sixth, finishing with eight goals for the tournament.

Both local sides in that age group played well, with the under 15s girls putting together some good hockey to finish fourth.

Emma Hoopell finished the event third on the goal scorers list in the under 17s girls, helping her side to a top-four placing, while the under 17s boys were seventh.

The Knights also won the play the whistle award for under 13s boys and girls and under 15s girls for exemplary behaviour on and off the field.

Junior state teams will have likely been decided at this event, but are not announced until a later date.

The under 13s will be revealed in the coming weeks after a final trial, while the older age groups will be determined in January.