Wagga’s hockey community is preparing to welcome more than 1200 players, officials and spectators for the NSW under 13 boy’s championships this weekend.
The top under 13 players across 26 associations across the state will attend the championships and compete across four divisions at Jubilee Park Hockey Complex.
Wagga Hockey competitions manager Sam Arnold voiced his support for the weekend ahead and reserved praise for the city’s contribution.
“With the support of all local clubs, Wagga City council, parents, players and the wider hockey community, every aspect to support the championships has been put in place,” Arnold said.
It follows the success of last year’s under 15 girls championships and Wagga Hockey president Ken Larkin is encouraging “everyone in Wagga with a love of sport to come up and have a look at some of the up-and-coming hockey talent from across NSW”.
Wagga’s very own under 13 team will compete in Division 3 and coach Craig Knowles is excited about the opportunity for the boys to challenge themselves against teams outside of the local association.
“After a long gap and with the recent growth in juniors playing hockey ... the players are excited about the opportunity to compete at their first championships for some time,” Arnold said.
The boys will hope to emulate the giant-killing under 13 girls hockey side, who are set to return to Division Three of the Hockey NSW Field State Championships next year after taking out the Division Four title in Taree last weekend.
City of Wagga mayor Greg Conkey will be a special guest for presentation to the winners and runners up on Sunday July 15.
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