Ballina teen hockey player selected to represent NSW
HOCKEY is Tyler Arundell's proud family tradition - and he is keeping the flag flying just fine.
The Ballina 14-year-old is preparing to take his place alongside some of Australia's most promising young players at the forthcoming under-15 boys' national titles.
Arundell was selected for the New South Wales squad ahead of scores of hopefuls after impressing at recent trials.
As well as earning a trip to Perth, he is the latest member of his family to shine in the sport.
"My whole family has always played hockey," he said. "I just wanted to give it a go as well. It's great that I am doing something that I love."
The Xavier Catholic College student took up the sport as a youngster.
As well as playing for Ballina Hockey Association juniors, he already plays in the town's senior B-grade competition.
The all-action junior enjoys dictating play on the turf as a midfielder.
"I like playing in that position," he said.
"You are always involved in the game and get plenty of touches."
"I love playing alongside other people and making new friends. I just really love hockey."
Tyler will now travel to Western Australia for next month's tournament, which will feature other state and territory sides.
"I've never been to Perth before," he said. "I can't wait."
Ballina Hockey Association's Sue Hunter said the hard-working junior had earned his selection.
"It is very deserving for Tyler," she said.
"He puts in endless hours practising and has been rewarded for his efforts."
Tyler is among a strong contingent of FNC representatives who will feature at the forthcoming nationals.
Lincoln Appleton and Tom Brown also earned selection for the under-15 boys' squad, with Luca Brown in the secondary Blues squad.
Jade Gray is in the under-15 girls squad, with Tiana Clark called up for the Blues.
Brad Hughes was in the under-18s boys' squad, with Bailey Powell in the Blues party.
Brianna Birmingham, Cori Hardy and Ashlee Danvers were all selected for the girls' Blues squad.
Ballina hockey players are reminded that trials and muster sessions are taking place over the next two weeks.
Full details are available via www.ballinahockey.org.au.