Tournament. Following a Greater Northern League Division Two debut this season, Smithton Hockey Club players Hugh Dwyer and Kiah House are preparing to represent the state in their field.
The duo will join Tasmania’s Under 13 side at the Australian Hockey Championships in Perth, Western Australian from September 28 to October 8.
Hugh, 13, will make his national debut while Kiah, 12, returns to represent a second time.
Usually playing as a halfback, Hugh will be Tasmania’s anchor as a fullback throughout the tournament.
“I’m expecting a hard competition,” he says.
“Playing in a new position will be a challenge with the pressure of the backline being the last line of defence . . . but I want to have a lot of fun and enjoy it while I’m there.”
Whilst progressing from Under 14 competition to the GNL Division Two roster, Hugh has also joined the Smithton Saints Under 16 side in Hockey North West.
“It’s been a bit of a step up, but I like it. I’m learning to play with better players who teach you both on and off the field.”
Following his time in Cairns, Queensland with Tasmania’s Under 12 side last year, Kiah is preparing for his next challenge.
The skilled striker has picked up a few new tricks after joining the Division Two squad whilst also making an impact with the Under 16s.
“There’s definitely a lot of fitness [involved],” he says of the national competition.
“[It taught me] a lot of skill work and more about communication.”
With a goal to continue to progress through the divisions in the coming years, Kiah says he is looking forward to building on the friendships he made at last year’s competition.
“Hopefully I’ll meet some new people, and see some people from last year.”