Amy set to take on new Rubies role

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Mt Barker’s Amy Sandilands will represent WA for the third time at just 13 when she takes part in the 2017 Australian Under-13 Hockey Championships, which begin in Perth today.

Having played for WA at the championships last year and also pulling on colours for the under-12 State Schoolgirls previously, Amy will enter the national carnival with plenty of experience.

After travelling to Perth every weekend for the past 12 weeks for training and trial games, Amy has been selected to play for the WA Rubies, one of two sides the home State will have at the carnival.

The tournament will run in conjunction with the Australian Hockey League, featuring some of the country’s best men’s and women’s players.

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“It’s an exciting time to be going up,” Amy said. “I think our team will do pretty well.

“It will be good to see (the AHL) and hopefully we can learn some stuff from watching them.”

Amy will play as a striker for her side, a role to which she has adjusted quickly, having not played it a lot in her local sides.

The Great Southern Grammar student played women’s A-grade hockey for Mt Barker this season.

Games start today and the tournament wraps up on Sunday, October 8.

The WA Rubies play the WA Emeralds and the Queensland Cinders first-up today before tackling the NSW Lions tomorrow and then South Australia on Saturday.

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