Academy Athletes Make Zone Hockey Challenge

Sunraysia Academy of Sport athletes and coaches are prominent in the North West Country Lightning Teams for the Hockey Victoria Zone Challenge.

Ten hockey players from Sunraysia competed for North West Country Lightening in the Hockey Victoria Zone Challenge in a variety of age groups. Eight of these players are in the Sunraysia Academy of Sport and include:

U14 Girls – Hayley Crowhurst & Julia Patterson

U14 Boys- Keeley Butler-Kerridge & William Smith

U16 Girls – Kiara Brown

U16 Boys – Alec Carrigan, Brodie Carrigan and James Perry

Sunraysia Academy of Sport Hockey Program coach, Jamie Pain, was involved as a coach for North West Lightening.

The Zone Challenge involves all 10 Zones (5 country and 5 metropolitan) in an under 12, 14 and 16 competition.

The Zone Challenge is an important step in the athlete/coach pathway for Victoria’s most talented as it:
– Provides players at all age groups the opportunity to play in a higher level of competition.
– Provide more players with representative team opportunities.
– Introduce representative Zone competition for Under 12s in preparation for Under 13s the following season.
– Introduces the second step of the player development pathway earlier.
– A player needs to participate in more competition at this level outside the winter hockey season, and the Zone Challenge will enable all year round hockey development.
– A competition to complement the State Development Program outside the winter hockey season.
– A chance for Under 12, 14 & 16 players who have played in these competitions throughout the season to access Zone level competition & selection as a top age player.
– An improved opportunity to engage talented players (Premier/Vic League) into coaching positions.

In 2014, the Zone Challenge competition was a two round competition played from November 15-23. Players competed all around Victoria over two consecutive weekends.

Round 1 15th and 16th November 2014

Under 12 Boys and Girls: State Netball and Hockey Centre, Melbourne

Under 14 Boys and Girls: Albury

Under 16 Boys: Warrnambool

Under 16 Girls: Ballarat

Round 2 22nd and 23rd November 2014

Under 12 Boys and Girls: State Netball and Hockey Centre, Melbourne

Under 14 and Under 16 Boys: Greensborough

Under 14 and Under 16 Girls: Footscray

The Academy would like to congratulate all athletes who were selected to represent North West Country Lightening at the Zone Challenge.

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