MORE THAN 20 GLEBE JUNIORS INVOLVED IN
REGIONAL CHALLENGE AT BATHURST
Between Friday, 24 February 2017 and Sunday, 26 February 2017, more than 20 of our Glebe junior players were involved in the HNSW Basil Sellers Regional Challenge at Bathurst.
The Challenge was the conclusion of the HNSW Centre of Development (COD) program between October 2016 and February 2017. The Challenge involved about 80 teams of boys and girls representing 10 regions in both U13 and U15 age groups.
The Challenge comprised modified 8 per side games on half field turf pitches and full field grass pitches. The kids played between four and six 30 minute games per day. A number of our juniors backed up for other teams and played many more games. The focus was on fun and skill development and getting to know kids from other Clubs, Associations and Regions. A number of our Glebe parents were involved in coaching, such as Aaron Nilan, Paul Riley and Dean Morrow. There were lots of Glebe mums and dads, brothers and sisters and supporters on hand. The weather was great, with a dramatic rainstorm on Saturday thrown in. The games were played in a competitive style, but results were not recorded and all the kids had great fun.
This was the third year of the current format of the Challenge. The COD program has proved to be a great development for the promotion of the game of hockey and to improve skills and enjoyment the game, especially as a lead up to the commencement of the regular outdoor season. The next end of season COD should be even better. Keep an eye out for the details in due course.
Like HNSW, the Club would like to acknowledge and thank Basil Sellers for his philanthropic support of this event and the game of hockey, in addition to his existing and extensive support of junior football and cricket.
SAM ALEXANDER-PRIDEAUX HONOURED
At the recent HNSW Basil Sellers Regional Challenge at Bathurst, Glebe young lion, Sam Alexander-Prideaux, received a Basil Sellers Scholarship at the 2016 Hockey NSW Awards Night held at Rydges Mount Panorama last Saturday, 25 February 2017.
Denoted by Basil Sellers, the Scholarships of $2000 each are awarded to 6 athlete acceleration program (AAP) participants who have demonstrated credentials in academia, citizenship and hockey performance. Sam was recognised for his leadership within our junior Club, his success with our men's first grade since his debut in May 2015 and his selection into the U16 School Boys and U18 State teams for the second year in a row. Sam's award also recognises his outstanding academic achievements in this his HSC year at Fort Street High School and also as a wonderful musician. Some of his trumpeting can be seen on YouTube. Unsurprisingly, he was selected to give a speech of thanks on behalf of all the 6 recipients on the big night at Bathurst.Very well done to Sam. He is an outstanding young man and a great role model for the junior members of our Club.