Goulburn Valley hockey talent has been on show on the national stage in the past month.
Angus Cole, Keeley Thompson and Sam Lowndes (all 13) competed at the under-13 Australian Outdoor Carnival in Perth, with varying results.
Cole, a Shepparton Striker and Shepparton Youth Club player, suited up for Victoria White at the championships 11 times, playing every game for his side.
Despite winning six matches for the week White could only manage a 10th place finish, but Cole — who was born with a gap in his oesophagus and has a chronic lung disease and asthma — impressed with two goals.
Echuca’s Lowndes also scored two goals at the championships, but his Victoria Blue side had a much better time of it.
Blue lost just one game in 11 on its way to overall victory, with Lowndes claiming all 11 state caps on offer.
Thompson is a fellow Echuca hockey player, and appeared 10 times for Victoria Blue’s girls side.
The girls almost replicated their counterpart’s result, but eventually fell to second behind the undefeated Queensland Cinders.
Meanwhile, Shepparton Striker Stewart Tyquin was rewarded with a silver medal for his role in Victoria’s Men’s Masters Championship over 50 campaign.
Tyquin scored once during his nine matches in Tasmania, with Victoria losing the gold medal game 1-2 to NSW.