HOCKEY

Victorian honours for United players

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Olivia Carruthers, Olivia Downes, Emily Hamilton Smith and Amy Lawton.

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Laura Johnson and Alice Arnold with their silver medals from the Australian Under 21 Indoor Hockey Championships. Picture: CONT

HOCKEY in 2018 has started with success for the Southern United players.

Hockey Victoria has selected the teams for the Victorian team to compete in the Australian Under 18 championships in March and Southern United players make up 25 per cent of the team.

Olivia Carruthers, Olivia Downes, Emily Hamilton-Smith and Amy Lawton were chosen in the women’s team, and Alistair Hart, Brad Marais, Craig Marais, Pim Okhuizen, and Trent Symss were tabbed for the men’s team, with Carlin Walker selected as a train-on.

It’s the largest number of players selected from United in the Under 18 state team in the club’s history, and a credit to the hard work of the players, coaches and parents.

Three of the players — Olivia Downes, Amy Lawton and Craig Marais — are members of the elite Australian futures squad.

Other members of the club

— Alice Arnold, Laura Johnson, Dominique Blatherwick, Emily Hamilton Smith, Laura Loycke and Evie Stansby — were part of the Victorian Indoor hockey teams that took part in the Australian indoor championships in Goulburn in January. The Under 21 women with Alice and Laura finished the tournament with the silver medal.

The year is also starting with the highly successful Southern United Hook in 2 Hockey program starting on February 16 at 4.45pm with a free come-and-try.

It’s a great chance for primary school children to have an introduction to hockey, on the eve of the Commonwealth Games, a sport where Australia is number one in the world. Information about the program can be found at suhc.com.au