It has been a stunning year for Mahurangi College hockey with eight players chosen for North Harbour rep teams.
One player, Tonya Botherway, was also picked for a NZ development side. Tonya will attend a training camp in December, where she could be selected represent NZ in a tour next year.
Three of the North Harbour reps played in national tournaments this month. Year 7 student Jordan Thomas made the North Harbour 13 A Hatch Cup team which played in Timaru this month.
Year 7 student Leah Jones and Year 8 student Kaleigh Morris made the North Harbour Under 13 girls Collier Cup A team, which competed in Palmerston North this month.
College hockey coach Wayne Frost says three Mahurangi College teams won their divisions in the North Harbour competition.
The new Warkworth Hockey Turf has been a big asset to help the teams develop their skills, Mr Frost.
“The future looks positive with this new facility and the college looks forward to having increased numbers and teams in the future,” Mr Frost says. “It’s good to see a number of younger players being selected for rep teams and, overall, the standard of hockey is getting better.”
The Year 7/8 Boys won the 1B grade and could be upgraded to Division 1 next year, while the girls B team won the grade 4 competition and were promoted to the third division, which they also won.
The first XI Boys made it through to the final North Harbour 1A competition, but came second. The first XI girls also qualified for the Intercity Competition, the top grade for the Auckland region, and only lost one game at the September national winter tournament in Taupo, coming fifth overall.
Year 7/8 coach Monique Vujcich also won the North Harbour Valuable Contribution, Boys Coach Award this month.