State champs for Shoalhaven under 13s

ON THE MOVE: Bluejays Dennis Smart on the run against Burrawang.THE Hockey NSW under 13s state championships are being held in Lithgow this weekend, with Shoalhaven Hockey entering an exciting young team to represent the region. In what promises to be a challenging weekend of hockey, with games likely to be played in icy conditions, it will provide most in the team with their first experience of playing in a state championship.Shoalhaven will play Tamworth 2 on Friday evening, followed by games against Hockey New England and Nepean on Saturday. Depending on results, the team could then play off for a finals position on Sunday morning. There are 28 teams playing in the championships from across the state, which will be a great experience for the team and test their development as the future of Shoalhaven hockey.The team includes St Georges Basin players Thomas Dolby, Nathan Kenny, Ben Macdonald, Josh Rickwood and Harrison Browne; Bluejays’ Sienna Turner, Sam Morris, Scott Crisafi and Lauren Richards; and Allsorts’ Josh and Sam Wright-Smith, Tristan Roberts and goalkeeper Thomas Jelavic.The team is coached and managed by St Georges Basin duo Michael Dolby and Vaughan Macdonald, supported by Greg Pullen and Deirdre Crisafi, with Bluejays’ Callum Mackay travelling with the team to umpire at the championships. A number of the players’ families will also make the trip to Lithgow to support the team.In local action this weekend, there is just the one junior’s game due to the state championships, with Bluejays Blue playing Bluejays Navy at 10.45am. Both teams will be affected by the loss of players on representative duties, so it will be the team that steps up to cover these absences that will come out on top.The men’s competition hits off at midday, with St Georges Basin Whites playing competition leaders Bluejays, who will be eager to get back onto the winners’ list after their narrow loss to Burrawang last week. At 1.30pm St Georges Basin Reds will be hoping for the return of a number of their players from the holiday break if they are to be any chance of matching it with the speedy and skilful youngsters in the Burrawang outfit.In what promises to be a close tussle, the final men’s game at 3pm sees Allsorts take on Kangaroo Valley, with Valley needing a win to cement their place in the top four. However, a win for Allsorts will be important for them if they are to keep in touch with competition leaders Bluejays.The women’s competition gets underway at 4.30pm, when top four team Allsorts Orange will be eager to continue their winning streak when they come up against Shoalhaven Heads.At 6pm, Allsorts Green take on St Georges Basin Reds. The final game for the day at 7.30pm is a top-of-the-competition-table clash with leaders Bluejays taking on second placed St Georges Basin Whites. The result in this game will provide a good indication of which team is best placed to challenge for the premiership as the finals series approaches.A reminder that there will be no Minkey hockey during the school holidays. The program recommences on Saturday, 21 July. Any youngsters wanting to give hockey a try are welcome to come along and join the fun.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.