|Posted on July 20, 2015 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
National Coach Rob Vazey says all players have trained well over the past NZ training camps and it is now up to the players to shine. All sections have developed there game further and Tony Deller believes his U20 Team is ready to defend the title, as per the masters and vets Tony is also quitely confident they will take the honors.
Rob Vazey is mindful of the fact we are playing on Australian soil and that plays a major part in head space. The National team has trained well and are looking strong, but so have Australia, I believe it will come down to who wants it the most! We have won the title both times and Australia will be not wanting to lose at home, so we need to be on our game!
The U14's have trained well and are looking forward to competing, we have not seen the Australian team play so it will be interesting in the first game to see how we fit. Eitherway both teams are excited!
Tony Deller is also confident the Masters and Vets have the goods, these guys have been training with the National team and U20's pushing both teams to there best. One thing is for sure all the players have that little sparkle in there eye as to say... look out Aussie here I come!
|Posted on February 19, 2014 at 1:35 PM||comments (0)|
Hard to believe but Papatoetoe Roller Hockey Player Wayne Bennett passed away February 19th at home in his sleep. Wayne has played Roller Hockey representing many clubs and even for the NZ Colts and NZ Junior divisions. Wayne started playing as a youngster for Roller World Mangere Club seen here below: third from left 1984....
Wayne was always willing to help out teams when needed and often played for Wanganui and New Plymouth when they were down a player. Wayne was at his best in his late teens when he represented NZ in the under 21 Colts: seen below...far right
Wayne liked to have a beer and a smoke and you could always be sure to catch him either in the bar or out side talking to anyone willing to chat.. For all those who knew Wayne I am sure there are some good stories to be told. As a team mate of Wayne's for many years in many different teams from Juniors to 1st division, I can say he had a good heart and only wanted to please...
The one story I will share - We were heading away for the NZ National Championships and while we were driving I asked Wayne how he got on at work getting time off to travel, as I knew his employers were not happy with him going.. his answer was I just left! I then said did you quit?? he said no just left...consequently he lost that job when he returned, but this shows how much he loved the game and his mates...
My condolences to all of Wayne's Family and friends.
Rest in Peace Wayne.