Boys sticking with hockey

By MITCHELL DALE

THE tapping of hockey sticks echoing throughout the house would be enough to drive most parents to the brink of insanity. But not Dave and Robyn Harmon... they actually encourage it. Their sons James, 16, and Matt, 13, are always honing their hockey skills and it is paying big dividends. The two boys have developed into stars on the hockey pitch and will both represent separate NSW sides next week. "There is always that tap, tap, tap coming from the rumpus room, but we don't mind," Dave said. "The more time they spend with a stick in their hands the more their skill levels build." Matt will achieve a two-year goal at Coffs Harbour next week when he represents the NSW Waratahs in the Under-13 National Championships. While Matt is battling the best from around Australia, James will be touring New Zealand with the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Under-16 side. "Playing for NSW has been a goal since I was about 11," Matt said. "Hopefully I can play well and make the same side again next year. "I am expecting a few pretty hard games though." James missed NSW All Schools selection this year, but is determined to make up for it next year. "For sure, I was a bit disappointed to miss out on making All Schools this year," James said. James will be one of the senior members in the NSWCCS side, having also toured New Zealand last year. "I will know what to expect this year, last year I was just along for the ride, but hopefully I will be more involved this time," he said. Matt and James virtually grew up with hockey sticks in their hands and have been playing A grade in the Coffs Harbour Association since the ages of 13 and 14 respectively. "Playing A grade from such a young age builds their skill very quickly," Dave said. "Matt played about 12 games of A grade this year and has more than held his own."



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