Benalla Hockey Club’s Evan Dowe travelled to Melbourne last week to compete in the Junior State Hockey Championships.
Hockey Victoria hosted the Junior State Championships last week with 10 representative teams competing at the State Hockey-Netball Centre and the Footscray Hockey Centre.
Juniors from the Goulburn Valley Hockey Association joined with Hockey Albury Wodonga to play for the North Eastern Knights.
Dowe was Benalla’s sole representative, being selected in the under-17 boys Knights team.
The boys displayed defensive skill on the field, but struggled to convert their forward attacks into goals. Dowe played well in the tournament at full-back, half-back and inner.
With eight sides competing, the Knights went home with a win, a draw and three losses, pushing them into the play-off game for seventh and eighth.
The side took out seventh with a 1-0 win over the Southwest Eagles.
Meanwhile the Benalla Hockey Club held an under-12 presentation afternoon at Churchill Reserve recently.
Team coaches presented the 32 Hook In2 Hockey program players and 19 junior development players with a medal, and the program’s players received an individualised certificate for participating.
Before the presentations, coaches invited parents out to play with their children. The juniors enjoyed teaching the adults how to hold the stick along with the game’s rules.
Junior development hockey will continue at the club until September, with returning players learning more advanced skills and game play.
In the senior hockey, all teams had a bye last week because of the Junior State Championships.
The Tigers are keen for new players of all ages. Anyone interested in trying hockey can head down to Churchill Reserve on a Thursday afternoon, with under-12 junior development at 4pm to 5pm, under-15 and women’s training from 5pm to 6pm and men’s training from 6pm to 7.30pm.
All teams play in Shepparton this Saturday.