MANNING Valley players have returned from the National Indoor Hockey Championships in Goulburn with a bag full of medals.
Abby Watts, Brady Cross and Kurt Walters represented NSW in the under 13s while Tilley Hunter was in the Under 15 division. Abby’s NSW Stars finished with bronze after some tough tussles with the strong Victorian and Queensland teams.
Kurt's U13 Stars and Brady's NSW Lions were unable to be separated with draws in the round games and the final series however a strong 6-3 win over Victoria in the final game of the tournament saw Kurt come away with gold. He was also the leading goal scorer for the championship.
After a strong win over Victoria Tilley’s NSW under 15 team qualified for the gold medal natch against Queensland Maroon. NSW were down 2-0 early but fought back to be 2-2 at fulltime, only to miss out on the gold in a penalty shootout.
Eamon Smith who umpired at the under 13s, will return to Goulburn as part of the boys NSW under 18 side. Fellow Manning player Lara Watts is a member of the girls NSW under 18s.