Teens helping younger girls stick at it in Tamworth

SIX talented young female hockey players – Emily Chaffey, Abigail Doolan, Gabbi D’Ambros, Chloe Walker, Sarah Willis and Libbi Maher – ditch their sticks to coach three Tamworth junior girls’ teams in this weekend’s Kim Small Shield at the Tamworth Hockey Complex.

Young coaches (front from left) Emily Chaffey, Abigail Doolan, Chloe Walker, Gabbi D’Ambros, Sarah Willis and Libbi Maher with their excited young Under 11s at last night’s final training session.  Photo: Gareth Gardner  030714GGG02

Young coaches (front from left) Emily Chaffey, Abigail Doolan, Chloe Walker, Gabbi D’Ambros, Sarah Willis and Libbi Maher with their excited young Under 11s at last night’s final training session. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030714GGG02

The six are all Tamworth Under 15 representative players who will  have a taste of the coaching side of the game on a weekend where the Michael York Cup (boys) will be played in Tamworth for the Under 11 aged hockey players.

Almost 40 boys and girls’ teams will play in Tamworth this weekend, many of whom will be here for this morning’s coaching clinic.

D’Ambros and  Walker will coach the Tamworth Green side in the A Division of the Kim Small Shield,  Willis and  Maher are in control of the Division 2 Red Tamworth side and  Doolan and  Chaffey are leading the Division 2 Blue side.

15-year-old Doolan and Chaffey have been playing hockey since they were six.

They also played in the Kim Small Shield as Under 11s  and are looking forward to their coaching stints.

They’ve had their Blue team for “four or five training sessions”.

“It’s very different,” they said of coaching to playing.

“We’ve tried to make things simple for them and stick to the basics.”

They said the Blue teams has trained hard and drills they were running at the start of their coaching stints were now being carried out a lot better.

“They are getting the hang of it,” they said.

This morning’s coaching clinics begin a big weekend for the juniors as well as their young coaches and referees.

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