Wimmera hockey players to play at junior state championships

STICKING AT IT: Warracknabeal assistant coach Marcus Williamson and junior hockey players Luke Shalders of Kaniva, Brittany Keam of Yanac, Duncan Shalders of Kaniva and William Gulline of Horsham have been selected to represent the North-West Lightning region at next month’s GJ Gardner Homes Junior State Championships in Melbourne. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

STICKING AT IT: Warracknabeal assistant coach Marcus Williamson and junior hockey players Luke Shalders of Kaniva, Brittany Keam of Yanac, Duncan Shalders of Kaniva and William Gulline of Horsham have been selected to represent the North-West Lightning region at next month’s GJ Gardner Homes Junior State Championships in Melbourne. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

THERE will be a strong contingent of Wimmera hockey players at this year’s GJ Gardner Homes Junior State Championships in Melbourne.

Four Wimmera Hockey Association players will be part of North-West Country Lightning zone squads to compete at the championships between July 1 and 4.

Kaniva brothers Luke and Duncan Shalders will both play for the Lightning – Luke in the under-13 boys squad and Duncan in the under-15 boys team.

Yanac’s Brittany Keam was picked in the under-17 girls team, while Horsham’s William Gulline will play for the under-17 boys.

They will be joined by 36 representatives from North Central Hockey Association.

North Central has five players in each of the boys and girls under-13 teams and the girls under-17s side.

There are eight North Central players in the girls under-15 team, seven in the boys under-17s and six in the boys under-15s.

Boort has the most representatives with 10, followed by Wedderburn, eight, Donald, six, Charlton, five, St Arnaud, four, and Birchip-Watchem, three.

The teams will have one more training session in Bendigo on June 15 before the championships.

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