Young guns fly flag for WA at national championships

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Bede Wetherall, Ella Frost,Toby Blee, Kyle Scott (umpire), Jake Townsend-Hyde, Cameron Duff and Alex Liddiard are in Newcastle representing WA at the under 12 School Sport Australia hockey championships.
Camera IconBede Wetherall, Ella Frost,Toby Blee, Kyle Scott (umpire), Jake Townsend-Hyde, Cameron Duff and Alex Liddiard are in Newcastle representing WA at the under 12 School Sport Australia hockey championships. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

The future of hockey in the South West is in safe hands, if the latest intake of WA junior representatives is an accurate form guide.

Six players – Bede Wetherall, Ella Frost, Toby Blee, Jake Townsend-Hyde, Cameron Duff and Alex Liddiard – have joined umpire Kyle Scott in Newcastle at the School Sport Australia 12-and-under hockey championships this week.

The dominance of the South West in the boys squad is astounding, with five of the 14 selected players hailing from Bunbury.

Boys 12 and under coach Matt Bottomley was confident of a solid showing and praised the Bunbury contingent’s passion.

“I’ve come to love the fact that they are all a great bunch of kids,” he said. “They work hard for each other both on and off the field.

“They are well aware of what the rules are and they look out for each other. They have a real thirst for knowledge – they soak it up.”

Bottomley said WA was expected to reach the business end of the tournament, with traditional powerhouses Queensland, NSW and Victoria also expected to perform well.

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