Central hockey team off to nationals
Posted at 6:00am Thursday 03 Oct, 2019 | By Ollie Blyth
The Central Otago representative under 13 Hatch Cup boys hockey team are travelling to Palmerston North next week to compete in the national Hatch tournament. The representative team will be playing against teams from across the country in the tournament, which lasts three days.
The players come from across Central Otago and the surrounding areas: Mika Tait, Harry Thow and Cohen Hoskins are from Alexandra while Taine Morgan will represent Clyde. Jock Duncan and Billy Hutton-Atkins are from Maniototo and Simon Cavanagh, Hudson McKnight and Harry Lithgow are from Matakanui. The Upper Clutha has a high amount of representation with Hudson Weathington, Matthew Botting, Oscar Crowe, Max Porter, James Dougherty and Will Anderson all from the Upper Clutha hockey scene.
For the majority of the year, the 15 boys don't play together regularly. However, with great support from local coaches they have learned how to play very effectively as a team. Their coaches Geraldine Duncan and Grant Porter, management Tiffany McKnight and parent help Dave Hutton-Atkins are very happy with the strides that the boys have made as a team and are excited to see them perform at their best at the tournament. To prepare for Palmerston North, the representative team have had smaller competitions in Invercargill, Dunedin, Timaru, and Gore.
On their way to Palmerston North, the team has had great support from a number of Central Otago businesses and trusts. They would like to thank Inflite Experiences, Bike It Now Clyde, Hunting & Fishing Cromwell, Bunnings, Highlands Motorsport Park, Hawkdun Station, Northburn Station, Lithgow Family, Paterson Pitts Group Wanaka, ANZ Alexandra, and Image Central for their generous contributions. In addition to this, they would like to thank the individuals who purchased bags of sheep ‘fertiliser' or raffle tickets from their group fundraisers.