It’s not often you get a national team train in Orange but on the weekend one of Australia’s indoor hockey sides ramped up its World Cup preparation at Sir Neville Howse Stadium.
The Australian over 40s indoor women’s side traveled from across NSW and the ACT to take part in the squad’s final training run ahead of the inaugural Indoor Maters Hockey Association World Cup at Hong Kong, which begins on February 14.
Orange is one of just four centres across the state capable of holding indoor hockey training sessions or tournaments, with Illawarra, Goulburn and the Central Coast the other sites with quality facilities.
But with the Orange-based Michelle Stevenson as the Australian over 40s women’s manager, bringing her side west made sense.
“I asked the coach if they wanted training and he jumped at the chance,” Stevenson said, the Australian side taking part in a long, four-hour session on the weekend.
“We’re very lucky here in Orange to have the PCYC.
“This year we picked up the under 15s state champs as well. So now, including the under 13s state champs, we have two, four-day tournaments coming to town, which is great.
Following the Hockey Australia Indoor Masters Challenge in Goulburn on December, three women's teams - over 45s and over 50s on top of the over 40s – and two men's teams - over 40s and over 50s – were selected to travel to Hong Kong for the World Cup.
The tournament will be hosted in Hong Kong at the world famous Hong Kong Football Club facilities and other similar sites close by.
- OVER 40s: Amy Billett, Georgina Gunner, Jill Hay, Lee Hodge, Reita Holmes, Nanette Latta, Amanda Meech, Anne-Marie Murray, Rebecca Platten-Reynolds, Lisa Quinn, Narelle Richardson, Jenine Watson; Coach: David Mike; Manager: Michelle Stevenson.
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