Lachlan Howard prepares for Australian National Championships

BATHURST hockey talent Lachlan Howard will once again feature in a NSW state team after recently booking a spot in the Under 15s Blue side.

BACK FOR MORE: Lachlan Howard will line up for the NSW Under 15s Blues side for the upcoming Australian National Championships. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

BACK FOR MORE: Lachlan Howard will line up for the NSW Under 15s Blues side for the upcoming Australian National Championships. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

Howard, 13, is no stranger to state representation having been a part of Under 13s squads over the past two years.

The Blues outfit is the second-tier NSW squad, but Howard came close to booking a spot in the first-string side during the trial period – an impressive feat for the now bottom-age player.

He will be taking part in the upcoming Australian National Championships, running from April 5 to 13 at Moorebank.

Howard learned that his streak of state representation had continued shortly after the recent City versus Country clash, where he made a strong impression.

“I was really happy to make it,” Howard said.

“I wasn’t too sure if I had made it [after the match].

“I’m really excited and making these teams makes me want to continue on even more with my hockey.”

The defender finished sixth in his 2015 Australian National Championships appearance with the Under 13s Blue side and last year was runner-up as part of the age group’s top tier squad.

The continued appearances in NSW teams makes Howard’s father, Niel, incredibly proud.

Making these teams makes me want to continue on even more with my hockey.” - Lachlan Howard

“I’d think he’d be disappointed if he didn’t make it, knowing the amount of work that he puts into it. Nearly all year it’s been three to four times a week he’s training and playing two or three games a week to get to where he is,” he said.

“He’s got a goal in life for what he wants to achieve and puts in the effort to try and do it.”

Howard will aim to carry some of his representative form back to his local club, St Pat’s, where he’s hopeful of finding Premier League Hockey experience this season.

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