alasdairs-state-selectionAlasdair Macauley Hackett will represent Victoria next week. Photo: Alan Foon.

NEWHAVEN College Year 8 student Alasdair Macauley Hackett has been selected to represent Victoria in the Under 13 Boys National Hockey Championship.
The team travels to Adelaide on October 2, and will play 11 matches against other state teams.
Running concurrently at the same venue will be the Men’s National Championship, so the boys will get to see some top class hockey, and will also receive some coaching from senior state players, including those who played for the Kookaburras in the team that recently won the World Cup in Holland.
Alasdair learnt his hockey at Wonthaggi 5-a-Side, before progressing to playing in Melbourne.
He plays for Waverley Hockey Club in Under 14 Shield; his team narrowly missed the finals this season.
He also plays for Eastern Hotshots in the Victorian Zones competition; this year they lost the Junior State Championship final against North West Tigers.
Alasdair began playing senior hockey this year, turning out for Mornington Peninsula Falcons with his father John. The team made the finals, but lost the semi-final 2-3 to Kew.
Alasdair’s favourite Kookaburras players are Matthew Swann, Fergus Kavanagh, and Eddie Ockenden.
He has attended 18 training sessions with the squad, most at the State Hockey Centre.
Wonthaggi 5-a-Side Hockey resumes on Wednesday evenings from October 1. Participation is free and games are mixed, ages 11 to 65 years. Contact 5672 2445 if interested.