It will be a family affair for Newcastle’s two senior representative hockey teams at the annual NSW State Championships in Sydney across the long weekend.
For the first time Souths 20-year-old Kiahni Abell will skipper the women’s side, which includes younger sister and NSW under-18 representative Teyjah.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Abell said.
Norths mainstay Jordan Willott takes the reins as co-captain of the men’s squad, combining with younger brother and recently named state under 18’s player of the tournament. Father and Blues mentor Dave returns as coach.
“We’ve done it for a while at club level but it’s the first time for us three for Newcastle,” Dave Willott said.
The men’s group also have Maitland pair Matt and Pat Magann. In a late change Seth Roach replaces injured Blake Hinton (knee).
Preliminary round matches take place on Saturday and Sunday. Finals are scheduled for Monday.
WOMEN: Melanie Morgan, Neva Williams, Bianca Cheetham, Katie Kelly, Yazzie Skene, Georgia Sargent, Teyjah Abell, Kiahni Abell, Astrid Bennett, Danielle Barry, Jess Parr, Phoebe Bloink-Hollier, Natalie Strawhorn, Baillie Wheatley.
MEN: Shaun O’Brien, Matt Magann, Pat Magann, Hayden Dillon, Sam Mudford, Jacob Searle, Seth Roach, Luke Witchard, Ky Willott, Jordan Willott, Rory Walker, Nick Hill, James Piper, Nathan Hochman, Hamish Dundas.