Girls looking to next season

Last updated 10:46 30/10/2012

HOCKEY FLAIR: Aotea College's top hockey side, who earned their stripes in Premier 2 this season and aim to take a further step up next year.

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Aotea College wants to build a hockey dynasty.

The senior girls' side has completed a season to remember, winning promotion to Premier 2 and showing enough resolve to stay there. The aim is to push for Premier 1 next year and coach Dan Paterson says they have the players to do it.

"These are very talented girls with a lot of natural flair and skill. We only have one player leaving school, the rest are back, so there's a good feeling. We're here to stay in at least Prem 2, but they have the goods to be in the top grade and really build something."

Paterson says much of the credit has to go to Amanda Parsons and her "vision" to establish a strong hockey culture at Aotea.

There are four teams, with much of the talent the result of the hockey programme at Rangikura School.

The turf at Elsdon has also helped the sport in Porirua immeasurably, Paterson says.

Reaching P2 is the highest any Porirua school girls' team has managed, with Aotea's team spirit and stout defence the key to their success.

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