AFTER playing for competing sides at the State PSSA Championships, Tamworth’s Calvin Farmilo and Toby Whitten will be joining hockey forces in Canberra tomorrow.
The talented duo are part of the NSW side contesting the School Sport Australia Championships.
They get under way tomorrow and will go through to Friday.
For Whitten it’s his second time away with the NSW side.
He’s one of four or five players backing up from the side that competed in Adelaide last year.
“We got third,” Whitten said.
“It was a good experience.”
He was pretty keen to make the side again, but also “pretty surprised” when he did.
North West had a tough championships and finished back in equal seventh along with Farmilo’s Polding side.
They met in the play-offs on Thursday and played out a 1-all draw.
Both were the only players from their sides to get selected and played central roles for their sides – literally.
They both played at centre-half.
Where they’ll figure for NSW neither was sure, but Farmilo would prefer somewhere in the middle.
That’s where he likes playing.
He’s in Year 6 at St Joseph’s Primary and has a good hockey pedigree.
Older brother Isaac is away at the moment in Hobart playing for the NSW boys at the Australian U16 All Schools, and doing well.
Calvin is looking forward to the week down in Canberra.
This year was his second year in the Polding team and he said making the state side was one of his goals for the year.
Locally he plays for the Workies 13s and 15s.
Both sides are doing well.
“We’re winning the 15s and coming second in the 13s,” he said.
He’s been playing hockey since he was little.
So too has Whitten. He started out in minkey after watching his sister play.
“Mum said I wouldn’t be quiet so I started playing,” he said.
It turned out to be good move with Whitten now a multiple NSW representative.
He’s also in his final year at primary school – at Timbumburi – and after the week down in Canberra has a state knockout quarter-final with them to look forward to.