Coffs Harbour boys keen to stick it to city slickers
COFFS Harbour hockey stars Heath Edwards and Matthew Harmon will be doing their best to ensure the NSW Country cousins' dominance over their city-slicker rivals continues next weekend.
Both boys have been selected in NSW Country teams, which will meet NSW City at Penrith on May 1.
Heath, 16, will be vying for a spot in the NSW squad that will compete in the National Under-18s championships later this year.
However, Heath knows selection won't be easy, especially because he will be one of the youngest players in the City-Country match.
"I'd say my chances (of NSW Under-18s selection) would be slim, there will be so much good talent down there," Heath says.
"But I've got next year as well."
Making NSW Country was one of the Coffs High School student's major goals for 2005.
"That and making the NSW Institute of Sport squad," he said.
"I made the (Institute of Sport) pre-elite squad last year and it the programs they have given me have helped improve my game a lot."
For Matthew, 14, the City-Country match is the highest step he can reach this year, with no state side selected in the Under-14 category.
But that doesn't mean he won't be keen to impress when he takes the field for what is regarded one of the strongest Country Under-14 sides of recent years.
"Country usually beat City, so hopefully we'll go pretty well," Matthew says.
"In the back of my mind I will want to play well so the selectors know me for next year (when the NSW Under-15s side is selected)."
Matthew, a John Paul College student, will still represent his state once this year, when he travels to New Zealand with the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges Under-16s squad.