Young hockey stars go head-to-head

MORE than 450 young athletes from around Australia converged on the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in New Town during the October school holidays for the 2019 Australian Under 13 Hockey Carnival.

During the week-long carnival, 25 teams (13 girls’ and 12 boys’ teams) played more than 144 games in what is the youngest age group of national tournaments run by Hockey Australia.

The focus of the Under 13s Carnival was based around participation, with no finals play-offs.

However, there were final standings at the end of the event with Queensland Cinders finishing first in the girls’ competition and Victoria Venom in the boys.

Representing the Tasmanian Government, Attorney-General and Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer presented gold medals to the two top-placed teams on the final day of the carnival.

“It’s fantastic to see so many young people enjoying playing sport,” Ms Archer said.

“It is such an important way for people to be active and to build friendships within and across teams.

“We know playing sport is key to establishing lifelong healthy habits and has a range of individual and social benefits including improving physical and mental health, fostering social skills, and developing teamwork and leadership skills.”

Ms Archer said the Tasmanian Government was proud to support many sports and had been a long-time supporter of hockey.

“As well as providing significant support to Hockey Tasmania over a number of years, we have invested in the development and resurfacing of the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in New Town,” she said.

“The upgrades to the Tasmanian Hockey Centre have seen Tasmania play host to junior events, as well as hosting Kookaburras and Hockeyroos matches as part of the Pro League, and it was great to see our Tasmanian Under 13 teams playing at such a high standard during this carnival.”

The U13 Carnival coincided with the Hockey One double header between the Tassie Tigers and Adelaide Fire at the Hockey Centre, which proved a big hit with the young hockey players, parents and coaches alike.

Caption: Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer presents the gold medals to the top-placed teams in this year’s National Under 13s Hockey Carnival at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in New Town.

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