Manning Hockey Player Lucy Pearce Represents NSW Women’s Under-15 Hockey Team | Manning River Time

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A SHOCK loss to Western Australia in the Australian Women’s Under-15 Hockey Championship semi-final in Newcastle was Manning’s only disappointment. NSW had not lost a game to this point and were favorites to win the title. However, Lucy, who played in the defensive line, admits the Sky Blues were below their best in the crucial game and pulled out. It was Lucy’s debut for NSW. She is the Manning River Times-Iguana Sportstar of the Week, earning a $50 open order from Iguana. Lucy was nominated for the Sharks Hockey Club. Lucy was selected into the team after a series of trials at the end of last year. She admits that she was surprised to win a place. “I was really shocked,” she smiled. Lucy said she enjoyed the experience of playing in nationals. “I learned new skills and loved playing in this level of hockey. It was good working with the coaches and trying to improve my game,” she explained. She now hopes put those new skills into practice in Manning’s competitions as well as in upcoming representative games. Lucy has been playing hockey for less than seven years and has always been with the Sharks. It’s a family game, with her mom and dad who both play Lucy eventually managed to work her way into Manning’s junior rep teams playing in the state championships which resulted in her selection to the NSW 15 team.Lucy is still with the Sharks in Manning’s junior competition as she also has a run in Women’s Divisions One and Two, although representative commitments have limited her appearances so far this year.The Sharks Premier Division also competes in the Mid North C Coast Hockey League. She has a busy fortnight ahead where she will play for Manning 15s then 18s in the state championships. The 18s will be the first fixture at Tamworth before heading to Parkes with the Under 15s. Lucy said she was too old to be selected for the NSW 15 team and probably too young for the Under-18s. “I still have a few more years in my 18s,” she explained. Lucy mixes her sporting commitments between hockey and the league during the winter months. She will play for Forster-Tuncurry in the women’s group three under-16 league. competition from this weekend, where she will line up as a center. Lucy is looking forward to playing both this winter. She just hopes that unlike the past two years, both competitions can play a full season and not be interrupted by COVID. “That would be nice,” she said.


Catherine J. Martinez