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Poverty Bay under-13s boys' hockey team flying the flag for their region


While many sports teams have had the disappointment of their annual tournaments being postponed, the Poverty Bay under-13 boys’ hockey team have been given the go-ahead to compete in the 2021 Lower North Island Hockey Festival.

With no other age-group representative hockey teams from Poverty Bay Hockey taking part in tournaments, the u13 boys are the flagbearers for the region.

The tournament, being held in Napier, will be good experience for the players and give them a level of competition higher than they are used to in local hockey, says coach BJ Seymour.

He has seen the skill level of players in this age-group get better and better as they progress through their representative programmes.

Seymour says Poverty Bay’s key players will have to draw on all of their experience if they want to be successful.

“I am expecting a big tournament from captain Bjorn-Haraki, (as well as) Marshall Boyd and Corbyn Seymour,” Seymour said.

“These three boys are very experienced players and have been involved in a lot of big games outside the Tairawhiti region.”

Seymour also wanted to thank Holly Leighton for working tirelessly as team manager, and helping to get the squad up and running.

The team have their first game of the tournament against Horowhenua tomorrow, and are hoping to be in the running come finals day on Wednesday.

  1. Andrew, Taranaki (currently at the U13 festival) says:

    I feel you should be aware that the event is not a competition, it is a festival. The difference is to remove the win-at-all-cost mentality in junior sports. It is more about promoting participation, skill development and exposure to a positive team culture. The idea behind this is a Sport New Zealand concept and is being applied to the major sports codes.