Goulburn Valley Hockey Association’s junior stars begin their quest for glory at Victorian Junior Country Championships today.
GVHA has sent two under-13s and two under-15s sides to the tournament in Melbourne with Albury again the country association to beat.
But the players are in with a chance with league junior president Anne Forster saying they have had extended preparation this season.
‘‘They’ve had about a month or two together, normally we pick them at the start of the season but we made our selections before the seasons so they’ve had a lot more training sessions than previous years,’’ she said.
‘‘We had a great turnout (at trials), it was really promising.’’
Last year the association had to go searching for players to fill some of its sides, full teams were created from tryouts.
With the GVHA a mixed competition, Forster said the young players players thrive on the opportunity to play with, and against, solely their own gender.
But on return to their home clubs, Forster said relationships were strengthened between the players from all teams.
‘‘Because we join all the clubs together, they develop mateship with players from all different clubs and it brings them all together, they’re a lovely bunch of kids and it brings them all together for a weekend and a lot of bonding,’’ she said.
James Sach will coach the under-13 girls with Iain Greig in charge of the under-13s boys.
Both teams play in Essendon today, before taking to the fields of Footscray tomorrow with the under-15s competing at the venues in reverse order.
Scott Thompson takes the reigns of the under-15s girls as Kieran Green looks to lead the under-15 boys to victory.