Hockey: Newcastle representatives put hand up for state selection after top-four finish at NSW Championships

STRONG: Newcastle representative Hayden Dillon playing for Wests in the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
STRONG: Newcastle representative Hayden Dillon playing for Wests in the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Newcastle men’s coach David Willott expects to have “reasonable representation” in NSW squads following a top-four finish at the 2018 State Championships in Sydney on Monday. 

The Blues senior team for the Australian Hockey League is set to be announced this week along with the state under 21s and NSW Country side after Newcastle’s 3-1 semi-final loss to eventual winners North West Sydney. 

Newcastle players like Hayden Dillon, Matt Magann, Sam Mudford, Rory Walker and Australian Youth Olympic training squad member Ky Willott all turned in strong performances across the three days of competition at Moorebank Hockey Centre.  

“I’d be surprised if we didn’t get a couple in,” coach Willott said.

“I think we should have a reasonable representation.”   

Newcastle opened the scoring on Monday via co-captain Jordan Willott and went into the half-time break locked at 1-all.

North West Sydney then netted twice in the second stanza.

Meanwhile, the Newcastle women’s team finished eighth after going down 2-1 to Sydney East in Monday’s seventh-placed play-off at Macarthur Regional Complex in Narellan.