Northern in-line hockey players off to national championships

Northern in-line hockey players are heading off to Victoria this weekend to compete at the national championships.

PLAYERS: Skye Lawson, Luke Murphy, Aidan Atkins, Alan Atkins, Amethyst Pennicott Murray (back) and India Atkins, Connor Murphy, Krystal Rushton (front).

PLAYERS: Skye Lawson, Luke Murphy, Aidan Atkins, Alan Atkins, Amethyst Pennicott Murray (back) and India Atkins, Connor Murphy, Krystal Rushton (front).

The In-line Hockey Australia national championships will be held in Moe and will run for eight days of competition.

Teams will compete in age groups including under nine, 11s, 13s, 15s 17s, 21 and under, junior women, senior men and women, masters (30 and over), veterans (40 and over) and 50s division.

About fourteen junior and senior in-line hockey players will travel from Launceston to take part.

“We head off on Saturday morning and we will start playing in the afternoon and generally we will have a game every day of the championships,” player and coach Alan Atkins said.

“By Thursday’s we should be into semi-finals and preliminary finals with the grand finals the following Saturday.”

The Tasmanian contingent will field an 11 and under and 13 and under teams bolstered with some Victorian players left-over from their team selections.

“The other players will slot into teams but because in-line hockey is a minority sport down here they will need top-up players from other states,” Atkins said.

“Our players going away play in junior and senior rosters that we run at Mowbray Indoor Sport and Skate.”

Atkins will be coaching an 11s team and will assist with coaching a senior women’s and men’s team and will play in the veterans division in a NSW team.

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