IT HAS rained gold for Tamworth’s NSW junior hockey reps, in three junior national championships.
Alice Arnott, Will Turner and Tayla King’s NSW sides all conquered at their respective National Championships across the nation.
They were spread to points west, north and south with Arnott over in Perth with the 15 girls, Turner up in Darwin playing for the 15s boys and King with the 13s girls down in Hobart, where the women’s Australian Hockey League was also being played.
Tamworth’s Hollie Webster and Armidale’s Georgina Morgan featured there for the NSW Arrows.
They finished with bronze but were unlucky not to be playing off for gold, losing just the one game and drawing with eventual champions Queensland.
The men’s AHL was played up in Melbourne with Tamworth’s Tom Lobsey and Matt Willis playing for the Waratahs.
They also picked up bronze, as did Addison Coutman and his NSW U13 boys side after defeating Queensland 6-1 in the play-off for third and fourth.
It gave them three wins, two losses and a draw for the tournament.
King and the U13 girls came from behind to beat Queensland 3-2 in the final.
While Tayla didn’t score a goal she was delighted to be there.
The 12-year-old Year 7 Tamworth High student plays her local hockey with Waratahs.
An inner for Waratahs she was a wide midfielder for NSW.
NSW had lost to Queensland, losing 1-nil in their only defeat for the tournament, although they did have a 4-all draw with Western Australia.
Both the 15s sides were undefeated.
Will Turner played up front and was in prolific scoring form, the Carinya Christian School Year 9 student scoring nine goals, including a hat-trick in a 10-nil rout of ACT.
The teenager said Darwin was “hot and humid” but enjoyed his first trip away with a NSW side.
The 15-year-old also played his first season of first grade with South United and scored some handy goals. “It was good fun, great for my hockey,” he said of the challenge of a debut year.
He was joined in Darwin by Services Workies coach Simon Massey as assistant coach.
NSW and WA finished equal in the first past the post title but NSW won after scoring more goals and having a better for and against.
Alice Arnott has represented NSW before and was part of a dominant Blues that had a great tournament, racking up over 30 goals and some big wins along the way.
Arnott figured prominently and slotted four goals against South Australia and both in their 2-1 win over Queensland.