Harry’s delight at return to black and gold

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Albany local Harry Keymer has been named in the under-21 WA State hockey team.
Camera IconAlbany local Harry Keymer has been named in the under-21 WA State hockey team. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper

Albany-bred emerging hockey talent Harry Keymer will make a welcome return to WA colours after winning selection in the WA under-21 men’s side ahead of next month’s national championships.

Now residing in Perth, Key-mer, pictured, is no stranger to the national championships but earning a berth in the under-21 side as a 19-year-old is a breakthrough result for the midfielder now plying his trade at premier league level with Fremantle Hockey Club.

After representing WA at under-13 level, it has been a long time since wearing his home State colours, only being named as a train-on at 15s and 18s level, going on to represent Northern Territory in the 18s in the past two years as a fill-up player.

The news came as a big shock for the quietly spoken teenager given his age but has added to his desire to reach the highest level.

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“It’s a pretty big thing, I guess you can call it a breakthrough,” Keymer said. “I think it is testament to the club I got to in Perth and how much they’ve taught me. The selection was a nice surprise given I’m three years younger than the other guys.

Albany local Harry Keymer is back in WA colours.
Camera IconAlbany local Harry Keymer is back in WA colours. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper

“When I was trials, it was sort of just to put my name in front of selectors and I wasn’t expecting any great outcomes. It’s a nice relief to pull on the black and gold again.”

The 2019 under-21 Australian championships will be heldfrom July 10-17 in Lismore, NSW, and Keymer will be thrown in the deep end as he takes up a midfield role.

“I will play through the guts; an attacking midfield role,” he said. “They’ve thrown me in there in ones this year and I’ve been playing against experienced AHL and former Australian players. It has given me pretty big encouragement that the (WA) coaches are trusting me in the midfield.

“I’ve got three years to try and develop and break into higher-level stuff, so this is a great foundation to have and I’ll see where it takes me.”

Keymer is a product of the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association, where he played for Tigers at senior level.

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