Hockey: Family affair for Newcastle's senior representative teams at NSW State Championships

COMBINATION: Souths' Kiahni Abell (right) and Tigers' Neva Williams will team up for the Newcastle women's representative team at this weekend's state championships. Picture: Marina Neil
COMBINATION: Souths' Kiahni Abell (right) and Tigers' Neva Williams will team up for the Newcastle women's representative team at this weekend's state championships. Picture: Marina Neil

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.  

KNOWLEDGE: Jordan Willott (second from left) and younger brother Ky (right) will team up for Newcastle under father and coach Dave (left). Picture: Marina Neil

KNOWLEDGE: Jordan Willott (second from left) and younger brother Ky (right) will team up for Newcastle under father and coach Dave (left). Picture: Marina Neil

“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.