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The Waihī Miners under 10 inline hockey team. Photo: SUPPLIED

Waihī skaters score silver

The Waihī Miners under ten years inline hockey team were “stoked as a team” to skate to a silver medal win at an invitational Auckland tournament in early April.
Co-coach Jason Walker told The Profile the team competed at the Mt Wellington Invitational Tournament held between April 7 and 10 in Panmure, and while they fell short in the final, their overall performance was “awesome”.

“They were awesome really, we just wanted them to go out there and have fun and hit some pucks around…we don’t aim for wins, we aim for smiles,” he said.
The team played against the Auckland Vipers in the final, and the score ended up being 7-5 to the Vipers.
“They were a really strong team so they did very well against them.”
Jason said the tournament was also part of the club’s mission for more juniors to pick up a hockey stick.
“We’re keen to get [the current team] to play as much hockey as they can, because we’re sort of growing a bit as a club,” he said.
“We don’t have a heap of players so we do have to borrow a few players to get the kids that we have in the team playing.
“If you ever want to give hockey a go, you’re more than welcome to come down and give it a try if you want.”
Training nights for the team are held on Tuesdays from 4:30pm at the Waihī Events Centre.