YOUNG TALENT TIME: Silver lining for hockey stars

HOCKEY: The junior hockey stocks in the Clarence Valley continue to prove themselves on the national stage with two under 15s returning home with silver medals.

Four future hockey stars of the Clarence Valley were in Wollongong last week for the Under 15 Australian Championships.

Jake Lambeth and Elliot Speed excelled for their NSW Blues team who went undefeated through the Pool stage to top their group.

The Blues found themselves in a play-off for fifth and sixth but Speed was forced to sit out the contest due to injury.

Lambeth was instrumental in the side's come from behind victory scoring the equalising goal before assisting the go ahead.

In the same tournament Zac Young represented the Clarence as part of the NSW State side who also topped their Pool A before heading through the finals into the play-off for the Gold medal.

NSW State Under 15s Boys side with Zac Young in the front row second from right.
NSW State Under 15s Boys side with Zac Young in the front row second from right. Contributed

The NSW side unfortunately faltered at the last hurdle succumbing to a dominant Queensland side 6-0.

"It was pretty devastating after having such a good tournament and then losing that last game," Young said.

"But at least we came away with the silver medal. I am happy with that.

"We all played very well as a team, it was just the grand final we didn't all show up."

Young's sister Grace also featured in Wollongong for the NSW State Under 15s Girls side.

Playing defensive midfield Grace lined up in every match for the NSW side including the Gold medal play-off which they lost to Queensland.

"It was a pretty good game, we had most of the possession but we just couldn't finish it off," she said. "We did well to get the silver medal."

NSW State Under 15s girls side with Grace Young in the back row sixth from right.
NSW State Under 15s girls side with Grace Young in the back row sixth from right. Contributed


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