Sticks and tricks

THE Wests Northern Inland of Sport hockey girls had their final session for the year on Sunday.

It was their second session after meeting up in Armidale at the start of the month.

That focused on more general skills. They did a lot of hitting and trapping, head coach Andrew Farmilo said, and worked on receiving and hitting in motion.

On Sunday they upped the ante. “We’re working on really getting some aerial stuff happening,” Farmilo said.

“Trapping the ball in the air and throwing the ball in the air.”

They also worked on defensive commitment and tomahawks, which Farmilo brought son Isaac in for.

Olympian Kate Jenner also came by and addressed the girls.

Jenner is a graduate of the hockey program and the academy’s first hockey Olympian. 

Farmilo said it was “fantastic” to have her talk to the girls.

Being their last session before the Christmas break, he really worked the girls hard.

The next time he sees them will be on January 11 and 12 when they play the Hunter Academy.

The boys were also meant to train on Sunday the 12th  but will train this Sunday instead under head coach Sam Lobsey.

WESTS NIAS HOCKEY GIRLS SQUAD: Alice Arnott (Willow Tree), Clare Askey, Sarah Askey, Talia Constance, Elise Matherson, Ashley Parker, Tahlia Rekunow (Armidale), Maddie Atkin, Brianna Sutton (Guyra), Emily Chaffey, Breeanna Curry, Abigail Doolan, Emily Jarrett, Tessa Pennefather, Kate Reynolds, Meg Whitten (Tamworth), Sarah Willis 

(Piallamore).

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