New generation of hockey stars
THE Tweed has a proud history of producing some of the nation's top hockey players, and 2009 is no different, with plenty of rising stars earning representative honours.
Jake Farrell (Murwillumbah High School), Zaan Togo (Kingscliff HS) and James Walker (Wollumbin HS) will all compete at the under-18 Australian Championships in Darwin at the end of May.
The only problem is that they will be representing Queensland, not NSW.
At just 15 years old Jake is the youngest of the trio, but that doesn't mean he is any less experienced.
Last year Jake was a member of the Queensland under-15 side and it was his impenetrable defence that saw him invited to trial for the under-18s at such a young age.
“I've been playing all my life,” he said. “I enjoy the speed and skill involved in hockey, and I have met plenty of friends travelling to such events.
“I've not been to Darwin though, so it should be good.”
Similarly, Zaan was a shoo-in for selection after a stand-out performance as a member of the 2008 Queensland under-18 side that went through the entire championships undefeated.
“I'm looking forward to playing in the national championships again,” he said.
“It's a vital opportunity to further my career.”
James, who will be 18 in May, earned his way into the side after a stellar display during last year's state championships.
Like Jake, the centrehalf has played all his life. His amazing ball distribution that drew attention from selectors.
However the unassuming star remains modest.
“I'm just hoping to have a good tournament,” James said.
With names like Matthew Butterini and Nathan Eglington having gone before them, it won't be long until the Tweed's next generation of superstars become household names.