Striving for state

Hockey players Willem Dwyer, 11, and Brayden Hine, 12, are training hard in preparation for the 2017 Pacific School Sports Games set to be held in Adelaide, South Australia later this year. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Hockey. Following two premiership performances last month, Willem Dwyer and Brayden Hine continue to train hard.

The pair claimed a Grand Final victory as part of team Heat in Circular Head Hockey Association’s Under 14 competition, defeating Scorchers 2-0 before competing against each other with the Circular Head Christian School and St Peter Chanel Catholic School teams in the Under 12 competition, where CHCS defeated SPC 1-0.

Now, the local lads are looking to represent the region at the 2017 Pacific School Sports Games set to be held in Adelaide, South Australia from December 3 to 9. 

Willem, 11, will make his debut at the national championships while Brayden, 12, has been selected as a shadow player for the Tasmanian Under 12 side.

The pair outclassed several of their peers during trials held in Launceston and Hobart, demonstrating strong fitness and impressive skills.

“It was nerve wracking,” says Willem.

“But once we got into the training I felt good about myself, my performance.

“I proved myself with my fitness and stick skills.”

Brayden, who was critical of his performance at the first round of trials, says he demonstrated his capabilities during the second round.

“I was quite tired afterwards,” he says.

“I dragged around a few people and made some good passes.”

Spending countless hours on the turf polishing their skills and improving their fitness, the pair feel prepared for further training with their state teammates in the coming months.

“I think it’s about how you train,” says Brayden.

“If you train well then you’re set.”

At the competition, Willem says he is looking to gain experience above all else.

“I honestly don’t care about winning or losing,” he says.

“It would be great but I’m just excited to play in Adelaide. I know those players will be really good so I’m just going to go out there and play as hard as I can.”