NIAS hockey squads fine-tune for Hunter clash

NORTHERN Inland Academy of Sport’s talented young hockey squad has a final hit-out for the year in Tamworth this weekend.

It follows last weekend’s training sessions for the touch, netball and girls’ hockey squads.

NIAS executive officer  Di Hallam said tomorrow’s session was another chance for the talented young players to prepare for a major weekend in Maitland on January 11/12.

“The girls’ and boys’ squads will play the Hunter Academy down there,” Hallam said.

“They came up here earlier this year.”

While the Wests-sponsored hockey squads go to Maitland that weekend, NIAS also inducts eight Lone Star scholarship holders in Gunnedah on the Friday, January 10, preceding the hockey trip to Maitland.

“We have a range of sports involved in that,” Hallam said of the Lone Star.

“BMX is one. I think it’s the first time we’ve had BMX in the Lone Star.

“There are also athletes, squash players and barrel racers.

“We’ve also had some good enquiries from a number of sports about coming on board with a full program.

“We’ve had three meetings with three possible sports.

“They have all sent expressions of interest and we could have them up and going by February when we have our next intake of NIAS athletes.”

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