St Mary’s College represents on the pitch in 2015

THERE must be something in the water at St Mary’s College (SMC) with the school this year celebrating its largest number yet of state representatives for underage hockey.

Four SMC students have been selected in the under 15 Tasmanian hockey team for 2015 and an additional two have been picked as “train-ons”.

The talented St Mary’s crew comprises Livinia Sproule, Julia Gunn, Chloe Cooper and Claudia Matthewson, with train-ons Ella Berresford and Keely Hine-Haycock.

St Mary’s College health and physical education coordinator Kate Lakos said the school had a wealth of talent in hockey this year, as well as across other sporting codes.

“We are having a ‘hot streak’ with hockey – last year St Mary’s had five girls selected in the under 14 state hockey team, along with students in the under 12, 15 and 18 state teams,” she said.

“We also had Annabelle Scutt selected in the under 17 Australian hockey team who is looking forward to playing an international tournament in Europe this May.”

A passion for hockey runs in the family for state representative Miss Sproule. Her father, Daniel Sproule, played for the Australian Kookaburras team previously, winning dual Olympic medals.

Four of the six SMC girls in the state squad also play for OHA Hockey Club, where Mr Sproule occupies a key role as a playing coach for the men’s a-grade team.

St Mary’s College principal Tom Dorey said the impressive tally of state representatives in sport was not just limited to hockey.

“In 2014 more than 30 St Mary’s College students played in national tournaments for everything from water polo and basketball to golf and outrigger canoeing,” he said.

“St Mary’s College students are known for going one pace beyond in all endeavours and it is certainly showing with their efforts on the sports field.”

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