Armidale pair cap title with state selection

ST Mary’s Armidale’s Nathan Czinner and Jake McCann are celebrating not only state title triumph but state selection.

Jake McCann looks for a scoring opportunity for Polding. He was later named in the state team.  Photos: Paul Mathews

Jake McCann looks for a scoring opportunity for Polding. He was later named in the state team. Photos: Paul Mathews

The talented young hockey pair were named in the NSW side following last week’s State PSSA Championships and will now play at the National All Schools in Hobart in August.

It followed strong performances for Polding at last week’s State carnival.

Polding beat Hunter 4-2 in the final to claim the silverware and jump from seventh last year to state champions.

The region had a heavy involvement in Polding’s success, with Czinner and McCann joined by schoolmate Liam Smith and St Edwards’ Noah Pitt and Luke Maher.

They were undefeated for the week, accounting for Sydney South West 6-nil, South Coast 3-1, southern Catholic counterparts Mackillop 8-nil and Sydney North 3-1 in their round games before brushing aside North Coast 8-3 in their semi-final.

St Mary’s acting principal Belinda Burton said it was great for Czinner and McCann to be selected in the NSW side.

Just having three boys in the Polding side was an achievement. 

“It was great to have three selected in Polding,” Burton said.

“We’re very proud of the boys.”

It was the school’s biggest representation in the Polding side and the first time she knows of that it has had two players make the state side.

Both are talented sporting allrounders.

Czinner is also a promising gymnast and has also  qualified to compete for the Diocese at the zone athletics in several events.

McCann is also a good runner and shines in other sports.

The boys’ success made it a state title double for Polding after the girls’ side containing St Edwards’ Georgia Horniman were victorious the week before.

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