WONTHAGGI’S Alasdair Hackett was a member of the winning Victorian team in the School Sports Australia under 16 Hockey Championships in Melbourne recently.
A former student at St Joseph’s Primary School Wonthaggi and Newhaven College, Alasdair is now boarding at Melbourne to pursue his love of hockey.
As one of only two younger age boys in the 16-man Victorian squad, he played as a striker during the intense tournament, with seven full games in seven days.
Victoria started the tournament poorly with a 1-3 loss to Western Australia on day one, before a draw with Queensland on day two left Victoria needing five wins in a row to win the title.
Comprehensive victories against Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT, along with a nail-biting win over NSW saw Victoria reach the final.
The final saw the side turn the tables on Western Australia, winning in a penalty shoot-out to claim gold.
Alasdair’s previous best team result in a national tournament was third in the under 12s in Canberra and the under 15s in Wollongong.
He learnt his hockey at Wonthaggi five-a-side, from which he progressed to the State Schools Victoria Under 12 team and club hockey in Melbourne.
Now back at club hockey, he is looking forward to finals for the Waverley Hockey Club under 16 Shield team, and may also reach finals in the Men’s Premier League Reserves if his team wins the last two games of the round robin competition.
Alasdair’s hockey gold