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 A super-strong contingent of 30+ Yabbies took part in this year’s Junior State Championships (JSC), held in Bendigo (girls) and Shepparton (boys) on July 1-4.

Our talented young Yabbies were well-represented in teams across each age group within the North West Metro Tigers representative zone, one of 10 zones competing at the four-day event. It’s easily the biggest group of YVHC players selected into the Tigers’ rep teams in recent years – and perhaps some sort of all-time record! Many others from the YVHC community also made the trip to regional Victoria, either as coaches, umpires, team managers, officials, commentators or supporters.

Despite the early-morning fog and icy-cold weather across the four-day event, the terrific hockey, comraderie and country hospitality made the JSC’s rare visit to regional Victoria a memorable and rewarding one for all involved. A special well done to our YVHC players, who did us proud across dozens of matches, as well as all of the parents for their support.

After the cancellation of last year’s JSC due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hard to predict where our teams would finish up in the competition. But it was our U13 Boys team, with no less than 9 YVHC players in their team, that led the way, making the Gold Medal match after a dominant showing throughout the event. Despite going down in an exciting final against the Red Devils 3-1, the U13 Boys finished the event as the highest-ranked Tigers team – a great result.

Our U18 Boys team also came home with a Bronze Medal, while the U18 Girls team just missed a medal, finishing a very credible fourth. All of the other Tigers Boys and Girls teams finished no lower than seventh.

Hockey Vic’s wrap of the 2021 JSC, including all the final results and some photos, can be found here: https://www.hockeyvictoria.org.au/news/2021-jsc-wrap-up/

See below for a bunch of top-notch action shots and team pictures of our YVHC players, from both Bendigo and Shepparton (courtesy of various parents across the teams; special thanks to our very own Murray Johnson, as well as Mark Phillips and Bronwyn Cox Massa for their excellent photography).

U13 YVHC Girls

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U13 Wednesday

U13 Imogen

U13 Molly

U13 GraceL

U13 Alice

U13 Coach Tan

U13 Fog

U13 YVHC Boys

 U13B Team

U13B Tayla

U13B Jack

U13B Az

U13B Claude

U13B Rhys

U13B Violet

U13B Xander

U13B Oscar

U13B Nick

U13B Corner

U13B Goal

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U15 YVHC Girls

 U15G Team

U15G Play

U15G Viv

U15G Mirani

U15G Play 2

U15G Girl2

U15 YVHC Boys

U15B YarraBoys

U15B Team

U15B Hamish

U15B Ben 2

U15B Harry

U15B MItch

U18 YVHC Girls

 U18G Yarra

U18G Team

U18 YVHC Boys

U18B Yarra Boys

U18B Will

U18B Paddy

U18B Sam

U18B Riley 2

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