IT’S been a bit of a medal rush for New England hockey players of late.
The association recently had a number of players represent NSW at the Indoor U13 Invitational Championships in Canberra.
Then just the other weekend the mens and women’s sides won their divisions at the State Indoor Masters Championships in Penrith.
The men’s team of Trevor Brown, Andrew Myhill, Paul Eichorn, Blair Chalmers, Trevor Parkes, Mark Low, Stuart Robertson, Rick Ambrose and James Abbo are the Division 2 state champions after an undefeated and impressive campaign.
They defeated McCarthur 6-2, Dubbo (2) 11-1, Coffs Coast 13-4, Nepean 4-0, Sydney 12-0 and Dubbo (1) 6-4 before again accounting for Dubbo (1) 5-4 in the final to win the gold.
The women’s team consisted of Megan Davies, Alison Cowan, Kaylene Osborne, Kath Czinner, Tania Parker, Caroline Beresford, Alana Tobin, Katrina Bettison and Debbie Low.
It was coached by Eichorn and managed by Low.
They played in Division 4 and dropped just one game over the weekend.
That was a 4-3 loss to the Southern Highlands.
Around that they beat Macarthur 11-0, Campbelltown 17-0 and Parramatta 8-1.
They then took out their semi-final 5-4 against Maitland to set up a finals rematch with Southern Highlands.
This time it was New England that came out on top, repeating their semi-final result to claim the title.
It follows Bronte Walsh, Tahlia Constance and Darby Chalmers joining Tamworth’s Gabbi D’Ambros, Emily Chaffey, Minnie Arnott, Abigail Doolan, Connor Campbell, Ehren Hazell and Brady Curry in NSW colours for the U13 nationals.
D’Ambros, Chaffey, Arnott, Doolan and Walsh all played for the NSW Blues girls’ side that won gold while Constance was part of the silver-medal winning White.
The two NSW sides matched up in the final, with the Blues taking it out.
Hazell and Curry both made the Blues boys, with Campbell and Chalmers lining up for the White.
Like the girls, the two NSW sides faced off in the final with the honours going to the Blues.
Several of the players involved are now preparing for the City v Country Challenge being held in Tamworth on March 2 and 3.