GEORGIA Horniman, Luke Maher and Noah Pitt are three talented young hockey players keeping the sporting tradition flowing at Tamworth’s St Edward’s Primary School.
The three primary school students won State PSSA Hockey Championships in Narellan and Canberra last month and were celebrating those golden triumphs this week.
Horniman was able to show off her gold before the school holidays and Maher and Pitt got to display theirs when school returned this week.
St Ed’s principal Gary McSweeney is delighted and impressed by their efforts.
He’s a member of the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association and his St Edward’s school part of the Polding division that plays in all the NSW PSSA State Carnivals.
That Polding won both the girls’ and boys’ State titles is a bonus.
“The boys won down in Canberra where it was very cold,” McSweeney said.
“And the girls won at Narellan.
“Polding is the smaller of the two Catholic regions that play but we’ve been traditionally strong in hockey, and basketball too.
“It’s a great hockey area though and we had some good representation in Polding from here and the young kids in Armidale too.
“St Edward’s has always been strong in hockey too with the McHugh girls and the Purdy girls.
“So it’s been a little bit of a tradition for us with the likes of Sophie Littlejohns recently too.”
Horniman won her State gold medal at Narellan, the 11-year-old Year 5 student scoring a goal along the way.
She’s been playing since pre-school, represented Tamworth and plays for the South United junior club.
Maher and Pitt also play for the South junior club.
Both are 12 and in Year 6.
Pitt is a centre forward who played in the halves at Canberra.
Maher is a right or centre half who played right half and wing in Canberra.
They beat Hunter 4-2 in their final.