Live Stream: 2021 Open State Field Hockey Championships
High performance hockey returns this weekend as the best in the state for the 2021 Open Field Hockey State Champs. Meet the teams and the players.
Top-level hockey will come back to life this long weekend as the best men and women from across the state descend to southern Sydney for the 2021 Open State Field Hockey Championships.
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It will be a welcome return to action for many of New South Wales’ most talented hockey stars after last year’s championships were canceled due to COVID-19 – and with places up for grabs in the NSW Pride teams for the 2021 Hockey One League – there is plenty to play during the three days of Carnival.
Men’s action kicks off on Saturday morning at the Moorebank Hockey Center, as Newcastle look to win back-to-back Premier League titles.
They will face stiff opposition from Metro South West and Lithgow, while Illawarra South Coast will be the favorites to do better after suffering a loss in the deciding 2019 game.
Further on, at the Macarthur hockey complex in Narellan, 22 women’s teams from three divisions will compete for the right to be called state champions.
North West Sydney is the top favorite in Division 1, and with the squad including several representatives from NSW Pride, they are likely to repeat their victory from two years ago. The women of Metro South West and the women of Nepean will stand in their way.
The Daily Telegraph will exclusively live stream a wide selection of Division 1 matches of the NSW Men’s and Women’s Open State Championships from June 12-14, including all finals for subscribers.
Seven players to watch – Men
Governors of Kieran – Illawarra South Coast
The London Olympian and two-time world champion is hoping to double his state title when he dons the red and white of Illawarra this weekend. Govers brings a powerful drag flick and 126 Kookaburra caps of experience to one of the main contenders.
Ky Willott – Newcastle
A member of the National Junior Program, Willott is a dynamic, goal-oriented midfielder. The 20-year-old will look to help the Novocastrians win back-to-back state titles, but higher honors are on the horizon for him.
Dane richards – South coast of Illawarra
A big, strong attacking midfielder with a size and speed to burn. Richards represented Australia at the junior level and competed in the inaugural Hockey One competition in 2019 with NSW Pride.
Lain Carr – Central coast
A highly touted defensive midfielder with great distribution skills and a penchant for tackling. Carr helped lead the Norwest Strikers club to the Sydney Premier League title last year in a series of performances featuring throughout the final series.
Ehren Hazelnut – Tamworth
Another member of the conquering Norwest Strikers, Hazel has long been nominated for higher honors. He has great 3D skills with a nasty shot on goal, but now is the time for Hazel to realize his huge potential.
Ryan proctor – South West metro
A member of the Australian Development Squad, Proctor has been a mainstay of the NSW senior team for several years. Proctor is a fierce defender with a tremendous pace of work and a willingness to compete.
Ash Thomas – Northwest Sydney
Thomas is a current member of the Australian Development Squad and a pending Kookaburra goalkeeper. He’s a mobile stopper with sharp reflexes and a quick stick.
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Seven players to watch – Women
Alice arnott – Tamworth
A fast client who possesses immense strength and composure while dribbling the ball. Arnott isn’t afraid to face the game and is already a part of the National Women’s Development Team.
Morgan blamey – Northwest Sydney
Expert ball carrier, savvy decision maker and other member of the Australian Development Squad. Will form an imposing midfielder with his girlfriend Mikaela Patterson for the reigning champions.
Mikaela Patterson – Northwest Sydney
Small in stature but big on capacity, Patterson donned the Hockeyroos’ green and gold bodysuit for the first time in 2017. A smart and creative midfielder force to be reckoned with.
Abby wilson – Northwest Sydney
An aggressive guy who plays with a razor sharp edge. Likes to shoot the ball on her backhand and is another NSW Pride player destined for bigger and better opportunities.
Sarah johnston – North Sydney and the beaches
Client difficult to remove the ball, with her ability on the inside that ensures her to be strong in the contest and can protect possession at all costs. Has a penchant for donating and going through the middle of the park.
Jessica watterson – Bathurst
A dangerous and offensive weapon that will fire at will whenever it finds itself in the circle of attack. Watterson is now in his mid-twenties and therefore has the experience that matches his growl and desire.
Maddison Smith – Illawarra South Coast
A stoic defender with a true throwback-type skill set. Smith has a damaging long shot and expert vision to match, which will help his team evade opposing presses.
The 2021 FieldTurf Open Men’s and Women’s Field Hockey State Championships will be held June 12-14. For more information visit www.hockeynsw.com.au