Father and son team Matthew and David Harmon pass on some knowledge to Emily Paxton and Keasa Militoni at Sawtell Public School
Father and son team Matthew and David Harmon pass on some knowledge to Emily Paxton and Keasa Militoni at Sawtell Public School

The two of us

By GREG WHITE

FATHER and son team David and Matthew Harmon have formed a winning combination both on and off the hockey field.

Each has represented New South Wales on multiple occasions and Matt will soon be chasing Australian Under-18 selection when he attends the national trials during April.

But this week the duo were taking their skills to local schools in the role of volunteer development officers and were discovered by the Coffs Coast Advocate surrounded by eagre youngsters at Sawtell Public School.

"We aim to introduce children to hockey and teach them a few basic skill they can then go out and practise in their games," dad David said.

"As you can see they seem to love it and are having a lot of fun.

"We have a talk that gives them the idea of what they can achieve and then invite them to have some practical experience with a stick and ball."

Matt's selection at age 16 for the State Under-18s continues his outstanding record of being chosen for Under-13, 15s and 16s representative squads.

After a two-week training camp over Easter, he'll move to Adelaide for two weeks of national selection.

Last year, he was unofficially included in the top 30 players but this time will chase a berth in the final 16 that comprise the honorary Australia squad.

While he once played in the same team as dad in Coffs Harbour, Matt has now moved on to A-grade with City Bears in the Grafton competition where he comes under the eye of Olympian, Brett Livermore.

"Brett has become a mentor and when he is in town, I get the advantage of his one-on-one expertise," he said.

"It also helps to play in a tougher competition because if you want to succeed, you have to match up against players with a lot of experience that you can learn from."

David still plays veterans hockey and dabbles in rep-level coaching but his main duties are as circuit coach with the North Coast Academy of Sport.



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