Following on from Lindsay Hill’s success in representing Australia in roller hockey, Northsports have added more silverware to their cabinet at a national level.
Kyah Heagney picked up two awards for Most Valuable Player in both the mixed under 17 and opens ladies divisions at the Champions Cup last week.
The under 17s team from the club, coached by Hill, represented NSW and took on Victoria in the final.
In a closely contested match, the NSW team finished as runners up 6-2.
Northsports’ Kristyl Pocock said the results from the competition Brisbane have been a massive step-up for the club.
“After the club was revamped in Glen Innes – we realisically have only been doing it for a couple of years – and the first couple of times we competed we were coming last in everything,” she said.
“It is a huge accomplishment for our kids that now when they go away they are competitive and can hold their own.
“We came really close to Victoria, it was a really good, well-matched game.”
After 38 years promoting the sport, Ken Bradley was honoured for his efforts and was presented with the Les Karayan award.
The results at the Champions Cup combine with a host of recent successes for Northsports.
Pocock said they continue to go from strength-to-strength, so much so they have to raise more funds for teamware.
“I am basically throwing event after event, I am going to be at Woolworths, I have booked it out for three months,” she said.
“Roaring in numbers, we have heaps of new members.”
There has particularly been a rise in the women’s ranks.
“Mostly young kids too which is really positive and lots of girls,” Pocock said.
“It is the female side of the sport they are really trying to get attention to.
“Every year when we go to one of these events there are more and more girl players and it is so good to see.
“We are going to have such strong ladies teams over the next few years.”
The Northsports players will be busy training for their next competition in January.